Becoming a Deacon

If you are considering a vocation as a Permanent Deacon, your first step is to attend a Deacon Discernment Day. Discerners and their wives (if applicable) will learn about the Vocation of the Permanent Deacon, the Institute for Diaconate Formation, and get answers to the following questions:

  • What is a deacon?
  • Who can become a deacon?
  • How are Holy Orders integrated with marriage and family?
  • How does one discern and respond to the Lord's call to Holy Orders?
  • What prerequisites are needed?
  • What is the application, discernment and formation process?

Deacon Discernment Days

The next Deacon Discernment Day is on September 24, 2022.

The day includes Mass, prayer, reflections, lunch, Q&A, and more.

This day is intended for single or married men, and their wives if applicable, between the ages of 25 and 59. He must be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien with a green card and a permanent resident in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Please contact for any questions.

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact:

Deacon Bob Bisciglia, Associate Director to the Institute for Diaconate Formation
(651) 962-5782

Sue Michel, Program Coordinator


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