The Diocese of Providence is pleased to announce the establishment of a new class for the formation of permanent deacons.
Information nights will be held the first week in February at the following locations:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Hall, (East Bay)
500 Metacom Avenue
Thursday, February 4, 2016 – 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
St. Bernard Parish Hall, (West Bay & South County)
275 Tower Hill Road
North Kingston, RI
, 2016 – 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul Hall (central and northern communities)
30 Fenner Street
Information on the permanent diaconate, including answers to frequently asked questions, available on the Diocese of Providence website at
For more information, please contact Deacon James Walsh, Director of Permanent Deacons.
Deacon Formation Program
Deacons are men who love God and the Church and are called to serve in a more committed way. The role of the deacon is to be of service to the bishops and priests and to proclaim by his life the Church’s call to serve the needs of others. The application process will take place over the spring and summer. It is expected that the four-year process of formation and education will begin in September 2016. Successful applicants must be at least 31 years of age and not older than 56 years of age on January 1, 2016 . at the time of application
(age change effective February 1st, 2016).
As part of the program of formation, classes will be conducted by the Diocese of Providence and the Department of Theology at Providence College. Course instruction will focus on Dogmatic Theology, Christology, Moral Theology, Scripture, Patristics, Ecclesiology, and Sacramental Theology. While a college degree is not required, successful candidates must be able to master materials presented in English at the collegiate and graduate school levels.
All applicants must be a fully initiated Catholics in good standing with the Church. In accordance with diocesan policy, a full background check will be conducted for each person during the application process. Applicants should be actively involved in their parish and if married, be in a stable marriage of at least five years and have the support and agreement of his wife and family to pursue a diaconal vocation. If applicant is unmarried, (single or widowed), he should be living a lifestyle consistent with the call to the ordained ministry in the Catholic Church.
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