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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.

Fall 2018 Information and Inquiry Sessions

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 - see more details here.

Intro to New Testament Greek at St. Peter Parish, Cambridge

On Monday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM beginning September 24 and continuing through May 2019, St. Peter's is again offering this introductory course in New Testament Greek. - details here

August 28, 2018 - Class of 2018 Solemn Profession

The Class of 2018 made their solemn professions at Bethany Chapel in anticipation of their ordination to the Diaconate on  September 29.  The public Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity were officially witnessed by Very Reverend Robert M. Blaney, Secretary for Ministerial Personnel.  The candidates and their wives gathered for a festive dinner following the ceremony of Sacred Professions at the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

(Photos by Pat DiBiase,  Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate Office)

We congratulate the Candidates: Osvaldo Fernandez, David Giangiordano,Robert Horne, Charles Kelley, Julio Sanchez, Francis Sung, James Thompson,Cristino Ynfaante

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:


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)


Comments and suggestions are always welcome;
contact Deacon Charlie Cornell

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