Permanent Diaconate

“The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks (deacons) with an imprint (‘character’) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1570)

Permanent deacons at their ordination.
Permanent deacons at their ordination.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is blessed by the dedication and selfless service of its growing “college” of permanent deacons. These men, after prayerfully answering the call, careful formation, and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders, do faithfully and joyfully serve the needs of our community through a three-fold Ministry of the Word, Liturgy, and Charity. The charism of the deacon is found in these words from their ordination rite, as they are given the Book of Gospels:

“Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”




Is God calling you to the diaconate?

As the Church strives to hear God’s call to “feed his sheep,” the deacon’s identity reminds and encourages the entire Church to engage in the works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is currently hosting information sessions for gentlemen interested in learning more about the role of the deacons and the process of applying. Even if you doubt that you have a vocation to the diaconate, but have a family member, another parishioner, or a deacon or priest who has encouraged you to think about the diaconate, come learn more.

Please help the formation team by registering with Kristine Arata,  Applications are only available to those who attend an information session, or after special consideration with a member of the formation team:

Father Mike Triplett (, Deacon Larry Matheny (, Deacon Marty Wolf ( and Deacon Scott Lancaster (

If you are interested in finding out other information about the diaconate and diaconal requirements and formation, please contact the Office of Clergy Personnel: 410-547-5550.

To visit the Clergy Personnel website, please click here.

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