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About the Center  

Part of a Rich Tradition

For more than 150 years, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology has been educating students for various ministries in the Church. In 2010, the Center became an integral part of that rich history. Providing Christ-centered academic programs, the Center prepares its students to be heralds of the Gospel and servants and leaders of the New Evangelization.

Focus on Excellence

Our unique and innovative Center is positioned to address 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, diocesan institutions and the universal church. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to carry out the deacon's ministry of word, liturgy and charity.

Extraordinary Faculty

Our highly respected faculty is one of the largest among U.S. theology schools, and is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding scholarship. Sharing their love of their faith, our professors provide students with the academic and pastoral skills necessary to carry out their ministry of service to Christ's Church and the people of God.

Broad Array of Programs

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.

For more information, please contact:
Deacon Andrew E. Saunders, M.A.
Director, Center for Diaconal Formation
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Phone: 973-313-6335
Email: Andrew.Saunders2@shu.edu

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