About Permanent Deacons
What is a permanent deacon?
The office and ministry of the permanent deacon is a distinctive
vocation in the Catholic Church. Although the diaconate is an
ordained ministry of the Church, it is a different ministry from
that of priests.
Deacons are ordained into a ministry of service, and
enjoy a special relationship with the bishop. The permanent
diaconate provides a “greater and more direct presence of Church
ministers in the various spheres of the family, work, school, etc.,
in addition to existing pastoral structures,” according to Pope
John Paul II.
If I’m interested in being a permanent
deacon, what should I do?
Contact your diocesan office of vocations or, if
there is one, a diocesan office of the permanent diaconate. Saint
Meinrad works with dioceses to establish its programs. The diocese
identifies and accepts the candidates for the permanent deacon
What dioceses does Saint Meinrad serve with
its permanent deacon formation program?
Saint Meinrad offers aspirant, candidate and ongoing
formation for a number of dioceses. The list of dioceses served
changes each year. Check with your diocese to find out if a
formation program is offered through Saint Meinrad at this
Where can I find more information about permanent
Visit the website of the Office of Clergy Consecrated Life and
Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic