Office of the Diaconate

Welcome to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Please browse and come back often to see what is new. Our goal is to:

  • Share information. Many people are not sure what a deacon is, what deacons do and why someone would want to become a deacon.
  • Discernment. We know some men are considering the Diaconate as a ministry but are not yet ready for phone conversations or letters, unwanted attention or inclusion on a mailing list. That is okay. The Holy Spirit will guide you in your call to God’s service. If you feel the Holy Spirit is guiding you to the Diaconate, feel free to contact any of the directors. We have shared the journey. If you know a deacon, feel free to contact him to discuss your questions too.
  • Formation. For those involved in formation for the Diaconate, this site provides current information about upcoming classes, retreats, seminars and workshops.
  • Continuing Education. For ordained deacons, this site offers information on continuing education and events, current and archived issues of newsletters, and the Service Acknowledgement Form.

We hope you will always feel free to call us or send an email if you have questions or would like to talk.


Upcoming Deacon Information Nights are scheduled for the following locations.  They begin at 7:00 pm and will last about 2 hours.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at St. Monica

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Miraculous Medal Shrine (Perryville)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Assumption (O'Fallon)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, 63119)

For more information, please contact Deacon Dale Follen at 314-792-7433.


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