Institute for Diaconate Formation

The Institute for Diaconate Formation (IDF) prepares men for ordination as permanent deacons (single or married) for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The five-year program is structured according to the norms of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (US Bishops, 2004), the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, and the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (Congregation for Catholic Education and Congregation for the Clergy, 1998). Additionally, formation is ordered around four dimensions of formation - human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral - in the context of the ongoing discernment of the vocation to diaconal ministry and the call to Holy Orders.

The context for this discernment and formation is the deacon’s three-fold ministry as Servant of the Word, Servant of the Eucharistic Mystery, and Servant of the Charity of Christ. In short, the deacon is the embodied sacrament and icon of Christ’s own Servant Mysteries, his diakonia of obedient listening to the Father’s will, and response to the needs of the New Evangelization.

The Institute for Diaconate Formation collaborates with the Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation for the post-ordination formation.

Eighteen deacon candidates instituted as lectors Sunday

This important step towards diaconate ordination will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at All Saints in Lakeville.
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Seven new deacons ordained for Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

"This group of new deacons brings a variety of backgrounds and life experience to our local Church," said Deacon Joe Michalak, director of The Saint Paul Seminary Institute for Diaconate Formation.
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Like father, (kind of) like son: Family’s vocational path overlaps at St. Paul Seminary

John Utecht is a seminarian in formation for the priesthood. John’s father, Joe, was ordained a permanent deacon in December 2019.
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