The Code of Canon Law provides that clerics are bound to make a retreat according to the prescriptions of particular law (canon 276). With this in mind, the Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas requires that the permanent deacon shall make an annual retreat, of at least three (3) days (typically Friday evening to Sunday afternoon), to enhance his spiritual growth and development. It is suggested that, if married, the deacon’s wife also make an annual retreat. The Office of the Permanent Diaconate offers an annual retreat for deacons. If a deacon desires to fulfill this obligation by attending a retreat other than the archdiocesan-sponsored one, it must be approved by the diaconate office.