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Eighteen Saint Paul Seminary deacon candidates installed as acolytes

February 13, 2023
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Archbishop Bernard Hebda will celebrate the institution of 18 deacon candidates as acolytes for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on Sunday at the Church of St. Hubert in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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What is a deacon in the Catholic Church?

January 17, 2023
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If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a transitional or permanent deacon is — or weren’t even aware there is such a thing — you’re not alone. Here is an explainer on the diaconate, a crucial but oft-overlooked facet of the Catholic sacrament of Holy Orders.

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Saint Paul Seminary Institute for Diaconate Formation hires new assistant program manager

June 28, 2022
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Starting July 1, Deacon Eric Cooley will serve as the new associate program director for the Institute for Diaconate Formation.

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Eighteen deacon candidates instituted as lectors Sunday

February 20, 2022
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This important step towards diaconate ordination will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at All Saints in Lakeville.

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Seven new deacons ordained for Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

December 4, 2021
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“This group of new deacons brings a variety of backgrounds and life experience to our local Church,” said Deacon Joe Michalak, director of The Saint Paul Seminary Institute for Diaconate Formation.

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Like father, (kind of) like son: Family’s vocational path overlaps at St. Paul Seminary

September 2, 2021
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John Utecht is a seminarian in formation for the priesthood. John’s father, Joe, was ordained a permanent deacon in December 2019.

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Deacon Discernment Day Spring 2021

March 11, 2020
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