Permanent deacons are ordained clergy who have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Deacons are called to a special ministry of service through which they assist the needy, the hungry, the sick, the homeless, the imprisoned, immigrants, and others. As ministers of God’s Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel at Mass, preach and teach. They also exercise various liturgical roles, including baptizing, witnessing marriages, presiding at funerals and wake services, and serving as ordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
The Office of Permanent Diaconate Formation of the Archdiocese of Washington will begin a new cycle of recruitment and preparation of men for the diaconate. It will begin with an aspirancy program in late Fall of 2016. The initial selection process for this class will begin with a series of “Come and See” events at various parishes around the Archdiocese in January through March 2016. View a listing of the “Come and See” events for potential applicants and their wives.