About the Center
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 FacultyOur 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