permanent diaconate

RLA Blessed By Presence of 2018 Diaconate Class at February's Helpers Mass

Each diaconate class in the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a respect life component to their curriculum and formation. This year, the RLA and Office of the Diaconate also invited the candidates and their wives to attend a Helpers of God's Most Precious Infants prayer event at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

They cheerfully participated in the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and outside rosary walk (despite a surprise snow shower) along with the RLA volunteers, board, and staff. A pro-life training session and reception followed in Boland Hall.

Both the RLA and the deacon candidates were blessed by the partnerships formed at the February 17 event. Strengthening the communication and connection between the archdiocese and parish deacons can only benefit future endeavors to build up a Culture of Life throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Please join us in praying for the candidates who will be ordained at the Cathedral on June 2. To learn more about the diaconate program, call 314-792-7430 or click here.

Photo advertisement courtesy fo the Office of the Diaconate as published in the St. Louis Review


June 6, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557


WHAT: Ordination of the Permanent Diaconate (Mass and Conferral of Sacrament of Holy Orders)

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell)

WHO: His Excellency Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

Those to be ordained: Patrick Belding, James Carter, Timothy Dunn, Donald Elbert, Joseph Fragale, Carl Germain, James G'Sell, Daniel Henke, James Hoefl, Mark Jaeger, Walter LaBozzetta, A. John Lipin, Keith Mallon, Robert Marischen, Jorge Perez, Daniel Raidt, Mark Schmierbach, O. James Sigillito, Neal Westhoff, Joseph Wientge

ST. LOUIS – Twenty new deacons will be ordained for the service of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as part of the 32nd class of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which began the program in 1975.

Permanent deacons are ordained clergy who serve in various ministries, including serving during the Mass, being an ordinary minister of Holy Communion, officiating at baptisms, witnessing marriages, and presiding at wakes and funerals. Permanent deacons also minister in hospitals, Church agencies and other related areas.

Many deacons are married men, and many retain their jobs and careers while serving the Church as deacons on a voluntary basis.

The diaconate requires four years of formation after a 12-month screening and evaluation process. Following ordination are three more years of formation.

Additional information as well as a livestream of the ordination can be found at

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