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.  


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 Wives on an audit basis

Revelation/Christology  [Registration Opens Soon]
Rev. Leonard Hindsley
Tuesday evenings beginning October 1

Introduction to Theology 
 [Registration Opens Soon]
Instructor: Rev. Robert Oliveria
Wednesday evenings beginning October 2

Deacon Retreat [ Registration ]
LaSalette Retreat Center
October 4-6, 2019

Advent Study Day for Deacons [Registration Opens Soon]
Holy Family Parish Center
December 7, 2019

Candidate Retreat 

LaSalette Retreat Center
March 20-22, 2020

Convocation 2020  

Holy Trinity Parish Center March 28, 2020

Admission to Candidacy - 10th Diaconate Class

Holy Trinity Church June 23, 2020

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