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Diaconal Formation
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Diaconal Formation

Since the restoration of the permanent diaconate to the hierarchy of sacred orders by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), growth in the diaconate has surged in the United States and worldwide. In 2010, the Center was established to focus on the increasing intellectual formation needs of the permanent diaconate, by providing Christ-centered academic programs to prepare students to be heralds of the Gospel and servants and leaders of the New Evangelization.

Our unique and innovative Center addresses the intellectual norms set forth in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, preparing men for leadership roles as ordained ministers in their local parishes, diocese institutions and the Universal Church. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to carry out the deacon's ministry of word, liturgy and charity.

Student Facts

  • 90% Student Growth 2011-15
  • 65% Faculty Involvement
  • 39% Students With Graduate Degree
  • 3 Number of Dioceses Served
Theology Diaconal Formation

Called to Serve

Infusing Catholic mission and Gospel values into our society.

Peter Barcellona

"Each class I've taken draws me deeper into the knowledge of my faith. It has given me a more profound understanding of our Catholic faith and has taught me to use the knowledge I've gained to continue working in social justice and other ministries."

Peter Barcellona
Deacon, Senior Public Health Investigator, and a 2015 Recipient of the Student Service Leadership Award - Watch His Video »


The graduate-level courses in this program are offered through Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and taught by Seminary faculty. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn an M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Systematics and/or a Certificate in Diaconal Studies.

Our program focuses on the intellectual formation norms outlined in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, including:

Sacred Scripture
Theology of God
Christian Anthropology

Moral Theology
Canon Law

Faculty Listing

Our faculty is one of the largest in all schools of theology in the United States. Recognized nationally and internationally for their extensive education and scholarship, our professors provide our students with the academic and pastoral skills necessary to carry out their ministry of service to the Church and to the people of God.

Stay Connected. Grow in Your Faith with Us.

In addition to graduate-level academic programs, we collaborate with Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and the Institute for Christian Spirituality to offer workshops, lectures and presentations for diaconal candidates, deacons and their wives that focus on Christian spirituality, new evangelization and parish services. Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events, news and course offerings.

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