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.  


Formation Classes Now Available for Live Streaming or View Later
Deacons, Spouses and Aspirants now have access to our current formation classes via LIVE STREAMING. They are also archived for later viewing. They are located in the DEACON ONLY section and do require a password. 


10th Diaconate Class Begins Formation

Nineteen men have begun their formation for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Fall River. Please keep them in your prayers. 



9th Diaconate Class Ordained

The 9th Diaconate class was ordained on May 18, 2019 by Bishop Edgar da Cunha.

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Deacon Richard Bisson, Sr.,  Deacon Keith Caldwell, Deacon Gary Donahue, Deacon Kevin Gingras,  Deacon David Harum,  Deacon George Hults,  DeaconAntonio Pimental,  Deacon Paul Spearin,  Deacon Matthew Sweeney,  


DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton

Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 

Formation Classes - Open to deacons and spouses - Spring Semester 

Available Live Streaming or Archived

Ecclesiology - Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Spirituality - Growing in Holiness - Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Candidate Retreat 

LaSalette Retreat Center
March 20-22, 2020

Convocation 2020  [ Register ]

Holy Trinity Parish Center March 28, 2020

Admission to Candidacy - 10th Diaconate Class

Holy Trinity Church June 23, 2020

Convocation 2021 
Holy Trinity Parish, April 17, 2021

Institution of Lector/Reader 
Holy Trinity Parish Hall, June 22, 2021

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