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In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations supports the activities of the bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations in the restoration of the Diaconate and the development of diaconal ministry. It also assists and coordinates the development of diaconal formation programs on the diocesan and national levels. The Secretariat assists the General Secretary of the USCCB in responding to all matters concerning the ministry of deacons in the Church in the United States. It provides services and liaison support to national organizations and directors of diocesan diaconate offices.

New and Noteworthy

2017 Annual Theme for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy:

"Go in Peace, Glorifying the Lord by your life." (Roman Missal)

Encouraging Deacons to encounter more deeply, Jesus the Servant in their own lives; (e.g. as they experience it through their own call to holiness) and inspire deacons to live that servanthood through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily

2015 Diaconate Report from CARA:
A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2014-2015

Archived CARA Reports:

Fr. O'Donnell’s PowerPoint presentation for NADD Convention 2017


Diaconate Diocesan Offices

Complete Listing

More Information

Registration site for 2018 Diaconate Congress

The National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States

Renewed Recognitio of the National Directory

Information and Resources

Homiletics Resources

National Organizations

2010 Report from CARA

Frequently Asked Questions About Deacons

Protocol for the Incardination or Excardination of Deacons

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