“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.

Please pray for our Deacon Candidates in Formation

Deacon Candidates 2019 & 2021

Is God calling you to the diaconate?

As the Church strives to hear God’s call to “feed his sheep,” the deacon’s identity reminds and encourages the entire Church to engage in the works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal. 

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is currently hosting information sessions for gentlemen interested in learning more about the role of the deacon and process of applying. Even if you doubt that you have a vocation to the diaconate, but have a family member, another parishioner, or a deacon or priest who has encouraged you to think about the diaconate, come learn more. 

Please help the formation team by registering with Kristine Arata,  Applications are only available to those who attend an information session, or after special consideration with a member of the formation team: Father Mike Triplett (, Deacon Larry Matheny (, Deacon Marty Wolf ( and Deacon Scott Lancaster (

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30pm
St. Ursula: 8801 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234

Wednesday, January 9, 6:30pm
St. Ambrose (St. Augustine Hall): 4502 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30pm
Christ the King (Holy Trinity Hall): 7436 B & A Blvd, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061

Saturday, March 2, 10am
St. Mary’s Seminary & University: 5400 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21201