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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.  


NEW Monthly Webinars Announced

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate in cooperation with the Deacon Council is pleased to present the Deacon Webinar Series. Our webinars will continue on the first Sunday of each month at 6:30 pm online. Upcoming topics included: The Rite of Marriage, Ministry Fair, Spiritual Direction and Homiletics. CEU credit is granted for participation in the webinars. All webinars will also be recorded and made available on the diaconate website for later viewing. Click here for login information. 

Watch Webinars

Access June  Webinar - Ministry Fair- click here (password protected)


Formation Classes Now Available to View

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. 


Meet the Future Candidates

Our current class of Aspirants is made up of 17 men who are completing their first year of study.
God-willing they will be admitted to Candidacy in June, 2020. We will be introducing you to these men and their wives over the next year or so. Check in the May newsletter for our first Meet the Candidate Profile! See below for the list of Aspirants.


Suitability for the Diaconate

Those listed below, are applying to be a permanent deacon in our Diocese. If you are aware of any reason why he should not be a deacon, please call Rev. Robert A. Oliveira or Deacon Frank Lucca at the Permanent Diaconate Office (508-990-0341) and ask to speak with one of them personally. Thank you.


DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton

Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 

Deacon Candidate Online Day of Recollection

June 6, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Wives’ Day of Recollection
Women of Faith 
June 27, 2020 - 10:00 am 
Registration form 

Weekly Evening Prayer and Drop-in Sessions

Online - Sundays 6:30 pm

Diaconate Webinar Series

Online - First Sunday of the month
6:45 pm - Access info available here (password secured)
Watch recorded webinars here 
(passwrod secured)

Admission to Candidacy - 10th Diaconate Class

Holy Trinity Church - Fall, 2020

Convocation 2021 
Holy Trinity Parish, April 17, 2021

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

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