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Office of the Permanent Diaconate

Please direct inquiries to:

Co-Director: Mr. Leon Suprenant   
(913) 647-0358 direct line
(913) 721-1570

Co-Director: Father Gary Pennings, V.G.

Associate Director:  Father Gregory Hammes  

Links to more information:

Frequently Asked Questions About Deacons

National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (pdf)

Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons and the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons

Divorced Applicants

Age for Ordination

USCCB Diaconate information 

7 Habits of Highly Effective Deacon Candidates
– by Leon Suprenant

 Deacon article from “The Leaven” 
– by Leon Suprenant 

For questions on the diaconate, 

Ordination of Permanent Deacons 2009

Ordination of 17 Permanent Deacons
April 9, 2011
(Photos courtesy of The Leaven)

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Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. . . . Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. . . . And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.    
                –Acts 8:26-40

“Dedicated to duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the admonition of Blessed Polycarp: ‘Be merciful, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all.'”

–Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, no. 29 (1964)