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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.


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October 15, 2022 - 10 AM - Diaconate Ordination

A friendly reminder that ordination is on October 15th at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  There are no restrictions this year to the ordination rite and attendance.  Deacons are invited to vest for the ordination and welcome the new deacons into the Order of Deacons in the traditional way.  See the invitation. 

If you plan to vest bring your "home town uniform"  Boston White Stole and Dalmatic.  We will vest in the lower church and process in together as deacons.

Fall 2022 Permanent Diaconate Inquiry Sessions

Download the PDF for a full listing of the Fall Inquiry Sessions for men discerning a call to the Diaconate.

ZOOM link for Inquiry Sessions: pwd=d20yZWVyUUFHOHFmKzNFZ2JOWDRrZz09

Wives of Inquirers are strongly recommended to attend sessions 1 and 2.

Inquiry Session One: Who is the Deacon? 
This session will be offered via "ZOOM".  For  your convenience, please email Deacon Christopher Connelly at to register and receive a link. Inquirers can choose one of the three options for session 1:
September 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM
October 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM
October 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Inquiry Session Two:  Morning of Recollection and Discernment/Application Process
This session will be held in person at the Pastoral Center in Braintree (66 Brooks Drive).
November 12, 2022 from 09:00 AM -NOON
Inquiry Session Three:  Canonical Impediments and Issues
November 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM
December 6,  2022 at 7:00 PM
This session will be offered via "ZOOM". Please email Deacon Christopher Connelly at to register and receive a link.  Inquirers can choose one of the two options for session 3.
More information is available by contacting us directly:
Deacon Christopher Connelly, Director
Office of the Permanent Diaconate ● 617-746-5649

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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