Institute for Diaconate Formation

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 …

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Contact Us

Deacon Joseph Michalak, M.A.T. Director (651) 962-6876 Deacon Bob Bisciglia Associate Director (651) 962-5782 Sue Michel Program Coordinator (651) 962-6891


Application Process 1. Attend a Deacon Discernment Day offered by the Institute for Diaconate Formation. If you are married, your wife should also participate. 2. Complete the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute or be enrolled as a current student. You are welcome to attend the Deacon Discernment Day to learn more about the diaconate vocation even …

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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 …

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Message from the Director

The Holy Spirit’s purpose is clear: to raise up servants to assist the bishops in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the service of God’s people. The Institute for Diaconate Formation at The Saint Paul Seminary exists to prepare men, single or married, working both in the world and in the Church, for this …

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