Formation Information

The Aspirancy Program 


The Basic Norms of the Formation of Permanent Deacons (USCCB) describes the propaedeutic (preparation) period as a time during which the ‘aspirants will be introduced to a deeper knowledge of theology, of spirituality and of the ministry of deacon and they will be led to a more attentive discernment of their call.”  
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The following sessions, constituting the Aspirancy Program of the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Fall River Diocese, have been designed to address these norms.


Please note:

  •  Aspirancy sessions take place at Holy Family of the Sacred Heart Parish in New Bedford.
  •  Aspirants and their wives (if married) are expected to attend all Aspirancy sessions; if illness or family/work obligations do not permit attendance at a session, the aspirant is asked to inform the Permanent Diaconate Office. (Tel. 508-995-3700)
  •  All sessions begin at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
  • Each session begins with Evening Prayer or a Communion Service at 6:30 pm.
  • Presentations and discussions will take place in the parish center of Holy Family of the Sacred Heart Parish New Bedford, MA.




13 Sessions in April/May 2019 (Generally twice a week)

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