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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.  

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Interested in learning more about the process for becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Fall River? Join us for the next INFORMATION NIGHTS to be held on August 28 and November 8.. [ More details

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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 ] 

[ Submit Preliminary Application ]

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9th Class continues journey to Ordination

The 9th Diaconate class were admitted to the Order of Acolyte by Bishop da Cunha on June 19, 2018.

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

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DEACON-Header 2016 - Continuing Formaiton

Ongoing opportunities for continuing formation being offered in our diocese. 


Deacon Council Meeting 

July 12, 2018 – 6:30 pm          


Couples Retreat - Register

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


Deacon Information Nights

Tuesday, August 28 - 7:00 pm More details ]
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish  


Candidate Formation Classes Open to Deacons and Wives

Fall Semember 2018

Marriage: Instructor – Deacon Maurice A. Quellette 

Tuesday Evening Classes: [ Details and Registration ]

Canon Law: - Instructor – Rev. Jeffrey Cabral, JCL 

Thursday Evening Classes:  Details and Registration ]


Spouses Council Meeting 
September 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm  
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall


Spouses Program (Deacon and Candidate)
Martha and Mary - Living a Balanced Life 

October 6, 2018 – 10:00 am – 2 pm


Deacon Information Nights
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:00 pm More details ]
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish  

Deacon Advent Study Day
December 1, 2018 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Candidate Formation Classes Open to Deacons and Wives

Spring Semester 2019                  

Homiletics: Instructor -- Rev. David Frederici 

Tuesday Evening Classes:  Details and Registration ]

Book of Revelation: Instructor -- Deacon Eugene Sassesville  

Thursday Evening Classes:  Details and Registration ]         

Liturgy: Instructors -- Msgr. Stephen Avila & Rev. Daniel Lacroix

Thursday Evening Classes: Details and Registration ] 


Candidate Pre-Ordination Retreat
March 5-8, 2018 
Sacred Hearts Retreat Center


Convocation 2019

March 30, 2019 - Save the date!


Ordination of the Ninth Permanent Diaconate Class

May 18, 2019 - St Mary's Cathedral




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