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The Archdiocese of Boston Permanent Diaconate Office Web Site contains information for permanent deacons, people interested in the permanent diaconate, and our extended community.


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Healing Mass for Those Impacted by Divorce or Separation
The Family Life team of the Archdiocese of Boston invites all family members impacted by divorce or separation to a Healing Mass celebrated by Fr. Matt Williams on Monday, March 28th at 7 PM at St. John the Baptist Parish, Quincy. Confession will be offered, and prayers of healing following the Mass. (more information and registration)

The Diaconate Convocation with Cardinal Sean is postponed until the Spring at the earliest.    The Cardinal postponed the priest convocation scheduled for October 5th until the Spring as well.  When Deacon Chris has a new date from the Cardinal it will be posted here.

July 14, 2021 - Resource for singing the Hours

This remarkable resource is being spearheaded by a very talented young man who happens to be a parishioner at St. Paul's – chanted morning and evening prayer, every day. These are very compelling chants. He uses a bit of Latin, mostly known parts like the Gloria Patri, but if you listen on Youtube both Latin and English show up on the screen.

You can also listen on a podcast which is convenient but obviously lacks the visuals.

The subscriptions are growing rapidly, and this deserves to be well-known in the diaconate community. Please feel to share!

June 2021 - Pope Francis addressed the deacons of the Diocese of Rome.  In it he speaks beautifully about the ministry of deacons.

See full text of his address here.

Diaconal Community Board

The members of the Diaconal Community Board have been posted to the Deacons Only section.

Updated procedure for obtaining a Letter of Good Standing

From time to time, Deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston may be requested to assist and/or preach at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other liturgical events outside the Archdiocese of Boston.  In those cases it is required by the bishop of the diocese in which the deacon hopes to minister that a "Letter of Good Standing"  be provided to him or his delegate certifying that the deacon is indeed in good standing within his own (Arch)diocese.

In certain instances, dioceses may also require a "Statement of Suitability for Ministry" which is a certification that the deacon is of good character and reputation and qualified to perform his Diaconal duties in an effective and suitable manner.

A new procedural system for obtaining these credentials is now in place.  You may start a request for a Letter of Good Standing at:

Comments and suggestions are always welcome;
contact Deacon Charlie Cornell

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