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Diocese of Fall River 

Permanent Diaconate


Formation for the Permanent Diaconate is guided by the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. To that end, the Sacred Order of Deacons is to be "a driving force for the Church's service or diakonia toward the local Christian communities, and as a sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself, who came not to be served but to serve." The Deacon's ministry of service is linked with the missionary dimension of the church. The missionary efforts of the Deacon will embrace the ministry of the word, the liturgy and works of charity which, in their turn, are carried into daily life.  

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Next Diaconate Class - Aspirancy Phase to Begin March 14, 2019

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha,

Bishop of Fall River, has authorized the formation of a

new class for the formation of Permanent Deacons beginning on March 14, 2019. [ More ] 

[ Submit Preliminary Application ]

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN  Register ]

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9th Class continues journey to Ordination

The 9th Diaconate class were admitted to the Order of Acolyte by Bishop da Cunha on June 19, 2018. Ordination is scheduled for May 18, 2019.

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Meet the 9th Diaconate class by clicking here. (Password protected area)

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DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton

Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 


Candidate Pre-Ordination Retreat
March 4-8, 2019 
Sacred Hearts Retreat Center


Aspirancy Phase for 10th Class 
March 14 - May 2, 2019
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish


New Bedford/Fall River Deanery
March 2, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish


Cape Cod Deanery

March 8, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi


Convocation 2019 - Servants of the Word
All Deacons and Spouses invited

March 30, 2019 - 10 am to 3 pm + [ Register ]


Chrism Mass
Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption
April 16, 2019 - 4:00 pm


Ordination of the Ninth Permanent Diaconate Class

May 18, 2019 - St Mary's Cathedral

Formation Classes Begin - 10th Diaconate Class
September, 2019


Deacon Retreat

LaSalette Retreat Center
October 4-6, 2019



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