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“The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks (deacons) with an imprint (‘character’) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1570)

Ever since Vatican II re-instituted the diaconate, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has been blessed by the dedication and selfless service of its growing “college” of Permanent Deacons. These men, after prayerfully answering the call, careful formation, and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders, do faithfully and joyfully serve the needs of our community through a three-fold Ministry of the Word, Liturgy, and Charity. The charism of the deacon is found in these words from their ordination rite, as they are given the Book of Gospels:

"Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”

Whether you are a deacon or you are interested in finding out more about the diaconate, we hope you will visit these pages often. We welcome comments, suggestions, and questions. If you wish to learn more about the diaconal requirements and formation, please contact the Office of Clergy Personnel or call 410-547-5550.

Diaconate Information Sessions

Four information sessions have been planned. If you are still interested in becoming a deacon, please plan on attending one of these sessions.  The sessions will educate you on the formation process.  If after the session you are still interested, you may obtain an application from Fr. Michael Triplett, Director of Deacon Formation or one of the Formation Team Members. It is necessary for you to attend one of these sessions in order to obtain an application.  Your wife is also encouraged to attend.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10 AM
St. Mary Seminary & University
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21210


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7 PM
St. Joseph Parish
8420 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD  21236


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7 PM
St. Ignatius Loyola Church
4103 Prices Distillery Road
Ijamesville, MD  21754


Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7 PM
St. Agnes Church
5422 Old Frederick Road
Baltimore, MD  21229


Please RSVP to me sometime before the session you wish to attend and indicate which session you will attend and if your wife will be accompanying you: or 410-547-5550.