Permanate Diaconate

Permanent Diaconate

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. The next formation session begins in September 2020. Application to this session is now closed.

Consideration and applications for the formation session beginning in September of 2022 will begin in January of 2020.

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

For a brief description (in brochure format) of the application process Click Here

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