Diaconate Formation Information Meetings

In communion with the bishop and priests, deacons are ordained for a distinct ministry, which is indicated by their name: they are ordained for service. They function in all three area’s of the Church’s life: transmission of the Word, celebrating of the sacraments, and in the community’s active love. The deacon, therefore, is more properly defined in terms of who he is rather than of what he does. He is a visible sign of the Church's call to “diakonia” — service. He is both servant and sacrament.

Candidate Qualifications
  •  Practicing Catholic for 5 years or more
  •  Between the ages of 30 & 55 
  • Must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation, and be validly married by the Church, if applicable 
  • Actively involved in parish ministry for a minimum of 3 years 
  • A minimum of a High School diploma or GED
  •  Gainfully employed or retired
  •  Sufficient time to devote to the formation program
  •  If married, support and consent of his wife and family. His wife should be willing to participate in the formation process 
  • A commitment to celibacy is required of non-married candidates, as well as widowers
Wives are encouraged to attend

SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON (Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill)

FOR LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES, CONTACT THE OFFICE OF THE PERMANENT DIACONATE: Email: diaconate@catholic-doc.org Office Phone: (843) 261-0538

deaconsThe fundamental goals of the Permanent Diaconate program of the Diocese of Charleston are: 1) to train and form, by study and prayer, men who have demonstrated active church service and leadership for diaconal ministry, and 2) to direct and support the ministry of permanent deacons in the diocese. To accomplish these goals, the Bishop of Charleston established an Office for the Permanent Diaconate. The United States Conference of Bishops (USCCB) promulgated the approved National Directory for the Formation; Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States on November 15, 2004. This document was approved by the Holy See. The Charleston program strives to put particular emphasis on the notion of the deacon "as one who serves." The goals of the program are these: 1) To provide theological formation that will prepare effective ministers of the Gospel, and provide enough knowledge of ecclesiastical sciences to make them competent in the specific ministry they exercise; 2) To provide the means for the spiritual development and growth of permanent deacons and candidates; 3) To provide pastoral formation that equips the deacon with the pastoral skills needed in his ministry; 4) To provide family formation that allows families to support enthusiastically their husbands and fathers; and 5) To provide on-going formation and direction for deacons and their families.