Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Diocesan Diaconate Formation/ diocésain pour le Diaconat
What is a Permanent Deacon? See this video from the Archdiocese of Edmonton:
From our Director:
With Vatican 11, Pope Paul V1 re-instated the Permanent Diaconate open to married men. In our diocese, we have nine permanent deacons all in a ministry of service and charity as well as associated with a pastor in their local parish. They fulfill the threefold ministry of the deacon: Altar, Word and Charity. Deacons were instituted by the Apostles in the early church (Acts 6:1-6). They became the helpers to the Apostles and, thus, to our present bishops as we read in the Ordination Ritual where deacons are called “the bishop’s eyes and hands.”
We now sponsor another process and program with 10 men discerning a call to ordained ministry in the diaconate. Within a short time we will be calling for a meeting of more men who may be interested. So please stay in touch.
I ask for your care and concern, as well as, your prayerful support for our candidates in formation and our deacons.
God bless you.
Bedford Doucette Director, Permanent Diaconate
Permanent Diaconate Formation Team Bishop Brian Dunn Rev. Bedford Doucette, Chair Rev. Duaine Devereaux Rev. Mr. Berkley Guthro and Mrs Jessie Guthro Ms. Gladys MacDougall Rev. Colin MacKinnon Rev. Paul MacGillvray Rev. Mr. Leo Penny and Mrs. Viola Penny Mr. Wayne Yorke
September 14, 2012 Ordination
DIACONATE FORMATION PROGRAM
A four-year program of 10 weekends a year including a retreat
Years’ Accents: i.Foundations, ii.Christology, iii.Ecclesiology, iv.Pastoral Each weekend to include: human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral elements
Another Saturday in the month is set aside for such courses as Ministry in the Christian Tradition, Sacraments, Adult Education, Biblical Foundations , etc. for those who did not take the St. F X Diploma in Ministry
Spouses expected to be in attendance each weekend with their husbands
Teachers are expected to submit an outline of their courses. They can also ask for reflection papers from candidates to indicate their involvement in their courses
Teachers to include deacons, lay men/women, religious and priests Spiritual direction and, if needed, counselling for candidates
A Time of internship: shadowing a deacon/pastor/parish/ministry with mentor