Permanent Diaconate


"The principal function of the deacon, therefore, is to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in exercise of a ministry which is not of their own wisdom but of the Word of God, calling all to conversion and holiness." - Congregation for the Clergy, Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, no. 23

National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States of America, 2nd edition

Book cover for the national directory for the formation of permanent deacons

The National Directory, 2nd edition is an essential document for dioceses to grow and sustain their permanent diaconate programs. Reflecting on fifty years’ experience since the establishment of the permanent diaconate in the United States, this National Directory, second edition, harmonizes diaconal formation and ministry practices. The second edition focuses on the identity of the deacon as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church” (Basic Norms) and emphasizes the deacon as a minister of Word, Liturgy, and Charity in the Christian community. The norms in this second edition are required for use and go into effect on June 9, 2022.