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 Class continues journey to Ordination

The 9th Diaconate class has been admitted to Candidacy on June 8, 2016 by Bishop Edgar de Cunha [ More ]

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


Diocesan deacons and candidates participated in annual deacon retreat - October 114-16, 2016!

DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton


Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 

  • New Bedford/Fall River Deanery Gathering
            March 4, 2017 -
    Holy Family of the Sacred Heart - New Bedford

  • The Art of Listening Seminar  - for candidates and spouses, deacons and spouses - March 25, 2017 - [ Register ] [ Details ] 


  • Attleboro/Taunton Deanery Gathering        
            March 25 at 
    7 PM at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs - Seekonk, MA 

  • Candidate Formation Classes (open to all deacons and their spouses) [ Details ]
    • Old Testament Course - Part 2 (Spring 2017 Semester)
    • Moral Theology (Spring 2017 Semester)


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