Here to serve

Partnering with your diocese

Recognizing a need in the U.S. Catholic Church, Saint Meinrad developed a program to educate and form permanent deacons for local churches.

Deacon candidates often have work and family commitments, so Saint Meinrad brings its program to the diocese. We partner with the diocese to help meet its specific needs. Academic, spiritual and practical components provide a balanced and integrated formation.

Since our program began in 1999, nearly 600 men from 20 dioceses have completed their formation and been ordained permanent deacons.

What happens after graduation?


Join the ranks of Meinrad alumni throughout the country.

Alumni perks

M.A. Degree

Earn credits toward a master's degree during deacon formation.

M.A. details


Don't stop growing. Continue your formation after ordination.

Formation opportunities

Have questions?

Let's talk

Call Deacon Ron Pirau, Director of Permanent Deacon Formation Program, at (812) 357-6378