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Diaconal Formation
Special Program

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.

Brian Wisowaty

"Seton Hall provided my foundation-the hands-on experience, the network of contacts and mentors and, of course, the education. The experiences I had at Seton Hall were transformational, extending far beyond anything that's just pre-professional. They are times of my life that I will forever look back upon fondly and why I stay connected with Seton Hall."

Brian Wisowaty '11
Public Relations and Journalism major, Graphics Producer, MSNBC


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

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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