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Permanent Diaconate Program

Two components of the Permanent Diaconate Program will be offered in 2015-2016:

  • Year I – Theological Foundations
  • Year III – Foundations for Ministry

Permanent Diaconate Year I: Year I will examine Theological Foundations. The Year I Program will take place one weekend per month from September 2015 to June 2016. The program will run concurrently with the Year III Program’s dates.

Permanent Diaconate Year III: Year III will examine Foundations for Ministry including such topics as Homiletics, Liturgical Ministry, The Deacon and Canon Law, Bioethics, Reconciliation Service, the Psalms and Music, and Canon Law and Marriage.

Three components of the Permanent Diaconate Program will be offered in 2016-2017:

  • The Aspirant Year
  • Year II – Sacred Scripture, The Church and Grace and Speechworks 
  • Year IV – Pastoral Ministry

The Aspirant Year: The Aspirant Year will consist of three days of Discernment to be held on a Saturday in September, 2016; a Saturday in January, 2017; and a Saturday in June, 2017.                                          

Topics to be covered: 

  • Looking at the Tools which will be used for Discernment 
  • Discernment with the Church, spouse and family. 
  • Setting goals and objectives for the Permanent Diaconate Program

Permanent Diaconate Year II: Year II will examine Sacred Scripture, The Church and Grace and develop Presentation Skills. The Year II Program will take place one weekend per month from September 2016 to June 2017. The program will run concurrently with the Year IV Program’s dates.

Permanent Diaconate Year IV: Year IV will examine all aspects of Parish Ministry including such topics as Homiletics, Liturgical Ministry, The Deacon and Canon Law, Bioethics, Reconciliation Service, the Psalms and Music, and Canon Law and Marriage.

Instructors: Diocesan clergy, Chancery personnel, St. Peter’s Seminary faculty and guest presenters.

Location: St. Peter’s Seminary