Saint Meinrad's Permanent Deacon Formation Program
works closely with local dioceses to ensure that the program meets
their individual needs.
The Saint Meinrad Permanent Deacon Formation Program
is based on monthly (September through June) weekend meetings for
academic coursework and formation sessions.
The location of these formation weekends is
determined by the diocese, and scheduling is done in consultation
with Saint Meinrad. Lecturers travel to the diocese for their
The degree of wives’ participation in the formation
program is left to the discretion of diocesan officials. Throughout
the program, it is important to maintain the distinction between
the ordained ministry of the deacon and the ministerial activities
of his wife, which she carries out as a lay person in her own
Apart from regular formation weekends, candidates
come together for retreats (usually in August), meet regularly with
a spiritual director, assemble in small theological reflection
groups in locations selected to minimize travel time, and take on
ministry assignments of interest to the candidates and the diocese,
supervised and evaluated by local personnel.
The criteria for selection and ongoing participation
in the program are developed and applied at the diocesan level.
Saint Meinrad lecturers evaluate the academic performance of
candidates in each course.
Evaluations of candidate interest and performance are
also provided by leaders of theological reflection groups and
supervisors of ministry assignments.
These evaluation instruments provide information to
the diocese that can be used to determine if candidates should be
invited to continue formation and if they should be admitted to
The annual fee charged by Saint Meinrad is composed
of two elements:
- a fixed fee that covers faculty stipends, program
administration, the liturgical practica, evaluation tools
- reimbursement for the individual travel-related expenses of
The diocese is also billed for the cost of texts and
for the cost of obtaining copyright permissions and duplicating
other required class resources.
The diocese is expected to cover these
- room and board for lecturers and participants;
- suitable classroom facilities;
- room and board at Saint Meinrad for the homiletics
The diocese determines which, if any, costs will be
recovered from program participants (for example, for textbooks,
housing) and administers all activities related to identifying,
charging and collecting these monies.
The annual fee is reduced for those dioceses that
have seminarians enrolled in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of