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Diaconate Formation

Moving hearts and minds to respond to the Lord’s call to be a deacon in today's Church.

Inquiry for Discernment Program Fall 2017

Those considering the Diaconate should first reflect on their qualities and qualifications, and decide whether they are suited to serve. For those men interested, we are offering a series of sessions to help them discern the call to the Permanent Diaconate. These sessions are offered by region. Here is the schedule:


Region: Central – Milwaukee    FALL 2017

Dates: September 9, 23; October 7, 21 and November 4, 18 of 2017

Place: Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center

            3501 South Lake Drive

            Saint Francis, WI  53235

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Facilitators: Manuel Maldonado

Contact and Registration: or 414-758-2207


Region: West    FALL 2017 

Dates: September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26 of 2017

Place: 276 Ridgeway Path

           Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Facilitators: Dcn. John and Rita Mezydlo

Contact and Registration: or 602-885-1642


Region: South-East    FALL 2017

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7 of 2017

Place: Saint Sebastian Church

           3100 95th St.

          Sturtevant, WI 53177-2618

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Facilitators: Dcn. Eric Sewell

Contact and Registration:  or 262-886-6057


NOTE: This program requires the participation of the spouse (if the man is married).

T Diaconate Formationhe 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 that 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.”

For more information about the diaconate, please read our brochure (English, Español).

Para leer la información de esta página en español vaya aquí.


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Admission Process

Admission Process

The process for admissions to the diaconate program is described.


Being a Deacon

Being a Deacon

“The Deacon is called to be servant to the Charity and Justice, Word and Worship…”




Information, Programs, Newsletters and Schedules in English or Spanish (Español) to better serve you.


Ministry of the Deacon

Ministry of the Deacon

Ordained Deacons, going the distance to serve the People of God.


Our Staff

Our Staff

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!


Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

Those considering the Diaconate should first reflect on their qualities and qualifications, and then decide whether they are suited to serve.


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