Permanate Diaconate

Permanent Diaconate

Important Announcement: New address and contact number for Diaconate Formation

The Diaconate Formation and the Office of Permanent Diaconate Formation has moved to Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre. Deacon Rob Thomas can be contacted at:

Diaconate Formation Office
Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre
437 Wilson St. E. Ancaster, ON.
L9G 3K4
(289) 527-4848

Welcome to the Permanent Diaconate Office of the Diocese of Hamilton.

At the present time there are 43 deacons serving in the Diocese of Hamilton, and seven men are currently in formation.

Essentially a ministry of service and charity, the deacon serves the Church and the diocese in a designated service in a hospital, or prison, or other forms of charitable outreach. In addition, the deacon is assigned to a parish, as his liturgical base, where he assists the pastor, as needed, in  liturgical ministry which may take the form of assisting at mass, preaching, baptising, presiding at weddings or funerals, or in other capacities within the parish. 

Deacons may be married, and spouses of deacons are invited and strongly encouraged to be involved in the vocation and ministry of their deacon-husband. 

Diaconate formation lasts for four years.

For a brief description of Diaconal Ministry and Formation click here.

Below are photos from the Permanent Diaconate Annual Retreat in June of 2017.