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Center for Diaconal Formation

Created by Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology as part of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, the Center for Diaconal Formation is designed to provide graduate-level intellectual formation for permanent diaconate candidates.

Our program of study focuses on the academic norms outlined in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States covering Sacred Scripture, Theology of God, Christian Anthropology, Christology, Ecclesiology, Worship, Liturgy, Sacraments, Moral Theology and Canon Law.

To learn how the Center can support your diocese, please contact Andrew Saunders at (973) 313-6335 or

Watch our Videos

On February 27, 2021, the Center for Diaconal Formation welcomed renowned Catholic author Father Jacques Philippe for his virtual presentation "Spiritual Fatherhood: A Call to All Men," designed for priests, deacons, seminarians and religious brothers.

You may also take a look at our 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration from September 26, 2020, featuring retired NBA referee Deacon Steve Javie (below, left), as well as our general video explaining the Center's mission and impact (below, right).

Academic Programs

Graduate-level courses are offered through Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and are taught by Seminary faculty. A student formally matriculated into our graduate-level program upon successful completion receives a Master's Degree in Theology with a Systematic concentration and/or a Certificate in Diaconal Ministry. 

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Key Leaders and Faculty

Meet the Key Leaders of the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology as well as the Center's Staff. You will also have an opportunity to view the profiles of the faculty who teach the courses for diaconal formation. 

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Diaconate Resources

The Center maintains a list of reference resources on the diaconate including books, graduate-level programs, church documents and websites. 

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