Institute for Diaconate Formation

Committed to the New Evangelization, the Institute for Diaconate Formation forms men to become joyful, permanent deacons within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Through these ordained servants, Christ transforms parishes, families, communities and workplaces in the Twin Cities and beyond.

What is a deacon?

Deacons are ordained clergy who are living, sacramental icons of Christ the Servant. These men function both in and beyond parish ministries in service of the Word, Sacrament, and Charity. Married men can be ordained permanent deacons.

The path to the diaconate

  1. Attend a Deacon Discernment Day
  2. Participate in The Saint Paul Seminary Catechetical Institute
  3. 5 years of aspirancy and candidacy
  4. Ordination and 6-month internship
  5. Assignment to mission
  6. Lead and serve
  7. Ongoing post-ordination formation


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What is a deacon in the Catholic Church?

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

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

Eighteen deacon candidates instituted as lectors Sunday

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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