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.  


Happy Thirty-fifth Anniversary to the Second Diaconate Class!

November 6, 1982


10th Diaconate Class Announced

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 in the spring of 2019. [ More ]


9th Class continues journey to Ordination

The 9th Diaconate class was admitted to the Order of Reader  on June 6, 2017 by Bishop Edgar de Cunha [ More ]

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


DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton


Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 

Candidate Formation Classes (open to all deacons and their spouses`) [ Registration Now Open -  Details ]

  • Second Semester, Spring 2018
    • Pauline Scriptures
    • Patristics (Part 2)


Attleboro/Taunton Deaney Gathering

November 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, Attleboro

New Bedford/Fall River Deanery Gathering

December 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm - Holy Name of the Sacred Heart, New Bedford 

Advent Study Day – HNSHJ Parish
A Season of Hope - Fr Ed Correia

December 2, 2017
[ Registration Now Open ]

Lent Study Day – HNSHJ Parish
February 24, 2018

Deacon Convocation 2018 
April 14, 2018

Institution to the Order of Acolyte  
June 19, 2018

Couples Retreat - Registration Now Open (Limit 30 couples)
August 24-26, 2018 - Miramar Retreat Center - Duxbury, MA

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