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FRIDAY - SUNDAY | JUNE 15-17 | 2018

La Salette Retreat and Conference Center
947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

Retreatants will examine and reflect on the identity and role of a Deacon's wife. Jesus asks: "Who do you say that I am?" Who are you? Husbands and wives are joined in the Sacred Bond of Matrimony. The husband is called by God to ordination… and the wife? What is her role and model? Come reflect and pray over these questions. Minimum number of participants for the retreat to take place: 20. Registration and $80 deposit required.

Starting time: Friday, June 15 @ 7:00pm

Ending time: Sunday, June 17 @ 2:00pm.

Suggested donation: $225 per person.

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Fr. Flavio Gillio, m.s. Fr. Flavio is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. He studied Bible and Jewish Studies at the Catholic University of Paris, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While living in Israel, Fr. Flavio guided many group throughout the Holy Land running the program Reading the Bible in the Land of the Bible. He also directed for the Institute "Agostino Bea" of the Gregorian University (Rome) the program Jewish Identity and Diversity Through the Ages. He taught Scripture, Biblical Languages and Archaeology and Jewish Exegesis in Italy and in Israel. Fr. Flavio lives and ministers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette and at La Salette Retreat and Conference Center.

Dottie Levesque. M.A. in Education. For many years Dottie was involved in the Ministry with Separated, Divorced, Remarried and Widowed Persons and with men, women and children suffering through grief. She has been on staff here at the retreat center since January 1, 2005 giving retreats and meeting with individuals for counseling and spiritual direction.

Karen Boucher. Karen's husband has been an ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Manchester for 18 years. She is graduate of Rivier University, a mother of two sons, a DRE for 25 years, head of the "Teach the Children Well Program", a Paraprofessional in Special Education at Lebanon, NH, a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and part of the Grief Ministry of the parish. Mrs Karen Boucher holds a M.A. in Theology.


La Salette Retreat Center | 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

2018 Annual Diaconate Community Convocation

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the United States, to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Please mark your calendars now to make sure  that you will be able to be present for this once –in- a- lifetime event. (Click here for poster)

2017 Annual Diaconate Convocation with Cardinal Sean

The 2017 Annual Diaconate Convocation with Cardinal Sean, to be held at St. Elizabeth Parish Center, Milton, MA on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

His Eminence Cardinal Sean expects that all members of the Diaconate Community will participate in this important event.  He will be on hand to greet active deacons and wives, senior deacons and wives, widows, and candidates and wives.

We are grateful to Father Steve Zukas, pastor of Saint Elizabeth Parish for allowing us to host this important event in the life of the Diaconate Community at Saint Elizabeth Church and Parish Center.

Easy access from major highways (Rtes. 93 & 95. Rtes. 3 & 24 )  See parish website for driving directions (   There is plenty of parking and an elevator for the handicapped.  The schedule for the day will be as follows:

9:00 AM                    Registration and coffee

9:30 AM                    Morning Prayer

10:00 AM                 Announcements and Introductions

10:30 AM                 Celebration of Holy Mass and Rite of Candidacy

11:30 AM                 Conversation with Cardinal Sean  (Q & A)

12:00 Noon              Lunch

1:00 PM                    Rev. Msgr. William P. Fay:

                                "The Gift of the Diaconate to the Church"

2:00 PM                    Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart:

                               "Mary's Life as a Disciple:  A Compass for Our Vocation of Service"

2:45 PM                    Closing Prayer and Dismissal

The day will be a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones as we grow together in an understanding of our unique call to diaconal discipleship and ministry.  The cost of the convocation is $100.00 for active deacons, which should be  covered by the parish/collaborative to which the deacon is assigned.  The cost for Senior Deacons is $50.00.   Candidates,  Wives and Widows are invited to attend free of charge.


Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You?


If you are single or sacramentally married, and discerning God's possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston you and your wife (for those who are married) are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer Program.

The program consists of three meetings: Time is 7-8:30pm unless otherwise noted*

Meeting One: Who is the Deacon and Am I One Who is Called?
Central Region:
St. Peter's Church, 100 Concord Ave, Cambridge
September 18 - 7-8:30pm (Entrance to Parish Center and parking from Manassas Avenue)
Holy Name, 1689 Centre St, West Roxbury
September 26 - 7-8:30pm (Lower floor of the rectory)
St. Ann, 399 Medford Street, Somerville
October 27 -  7-8:30pm Haitian Inquirers Welcome!

North Region:
St. Maria Goretti, 112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield
September 18 - 7-8:30pm

Sacred Hearts Parish, 297 Main St., Malden
October 21 - 10am
St. Augustine, 35 Essex Street, Andover
October 24 - 6pm

Merrimack Region:

Sacred Hearts Parish, 165 South St., Haverhill
September 26 - 7-8:30pm

West Region:
Good Shepherd Parish, 99 Main St., Wayland
September 20 - 7-8:30pm

Immaculate Conception, 11 Prospect St, Marlborough (Call Deacon Chris for details)
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 176 Washington St., East Walpole
October 5 - 7-8:30pm
St. Mary, 176 Washington St., East Walpole
October 5 - 7-8:30pm
St. Stephen's, 221 Concord St, Framingham
October 19 - 7-8:30pm

South Region:
Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree
September 19 - 7-8:30pm
St. Jerome's Parish - 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth
September 26 - 7-8:30pm
St. Joseph the Worker, 1 Maquan St., Hanson
October 11 - 7-8:30pm

Meeting Two: Application Process, Canon Law, Formation from the Wives Perspective
Pastoral Center Braintree: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7-8:30pm
Meeting Three: Half Day Discernment Retreat
Pastoral Center Braintree: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9am – 2pm (with Lunch provided)

Those who are interested in the Diaconate are strongly encouraged to attend all three events along with their wives (for those who are married). Please email the Deacon Christopher Connelly at to sign up or to receive more information or call the office at 617-746-5649 .

The next group to be admitted into formation will begin classes in September 2018 at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization in Braintree at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive.

Our Church is global and multicultural and so we actively seek men for the diaconate from our many cultural communities in the Archdiocese. Academic classes are offered in English, however we are committed to offering support for those for whom English is not the primary language. The Aspirancy Class beginning in the fall 2018 will have some classes available in Spanish.

The Diaconate Formation Program is four years in length and is open to single and sacramentally married men who will be between the ages of 35-65 at the time of ordination. If you would like more information please call :

Deacon Christopher Connelly Director of Diaconate Formation 617-746-5649

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