The Office for Diaconate Formation (ODF) provides distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning a vocation calling to the permanent diaconate. The ODF counsels, guides and forms men who through adult formation programs, advanced theological education or some other experience encounter Christ and seek a deeper, permanent response to a perceived call to be servants of God's people through ministry in the Church.
Diaconal ministry works hand in hand with both priestly and lay ministry as a sacrament to bring about the kingdom of God. Deacons are men with a charism and a calling to radical availability for service to the People of God, the Church. The deacon’s vocation calls him to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in an exercise of a ministry which is not of their own but the Word of God—calling all to conversion and holiness. It is a ministry of reconciliation, of outreach to the most marginalized and those most in need of care, of education and justice. The Diaconate was not re-instituted because we have a shortage of priests or lay ministers but to relieve the shortage of ordained deacons. It was restored as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church...a visible sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself.”
“The Deacon is called to be servant to the Charity and Justice, Word and Worship…”
Ordained Deacons, going the distance to serve the People of God.
Those considering the Diaconate should first reflect on their qualities and qualifications, and then decide whether they are suited to serve.
The process for admissions to the diaconate program is described.
Information, Programs, Newsletters and Schedules in English or Spanish (Español) to better serve you.
Within the Office for Diaconate Formation, we are prepared to assist you on behalf of the Church in discerning a response to your vocation. Let us introduce ourselves to you!
Deacon John A. Ebel
3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
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Phone: (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax: (414) 769-3408
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