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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.


Diaconate Community Calendar

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.

On November 14th at 1:00 PM Fr. Blaney will be celebrating the annual diaconate memorial mass at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood.  Deacon Chris will be sending a flyer out for the annual mass soon. 

Ongoing Continuing Education Opportunity Oct. 3 and 31

This Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 PM, Fr. Bryan Hehir, Cardinal Sean's Secretary of Health and Social Services and Emeritus Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, will give the first of two talks on social and racial justice in the parish and the nation. The second talk will be on October 31.

Sunday at 3:00 PM
St. Paul's Harvard Square, UPPER CHURCH, Corner Bow and Arrow Streets  Or: join us virtually REGISTER

These talks with Q&A address matters of pressing interest, and qualify for ongoing/continuing education hours for deacons.  

Permanent Diaconate Inquiry Program Dates for Fall 2021

Wives of inquirers are strongly recommended to attend with their husbands.

Inquiry Session One: Who is the Deacon? 
This session will be offered via "GoToWebinar" on two dates for your convenience.  If married, wives are encouraged to attend.  Inquirers can choose one of the two options for session 1:
October 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Registration Link:
October 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Registration Link

Inquiry Session Two:  Canonical Impediments and Issues
October 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Registration Link:

Inquiry Session Three:  Morning of Recollection and Discernment/Application Process
November 13, 2021 from 09:00 AM -NOON
Zoom Link:

Direct links to RCAB mailings

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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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