Diaconate Formation Program

Diaconate is a ministry deeply rooted in Scriptural accounts of the early church. The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word “diakonia,” which means “to serve.” It is grounded in one of the basic messages of the Gospel that says, “unless you serve others, you cannot enter the Kingdom.” As Christianity grew, it was necessary to appoint men as deacons to work alongside the apostles. In Acts 6:1-6, apostles laid their hands on deacons, wise men full of the Holy Spirit, to assist them in caring for the needs of people.

On January 15, 1983, Bishop Joseph Maguire ordained 19 men as the first Deacons to administer and serve the spiritual needs of the people throughout the Diocese of Springfield.

Currently, there are 83 active Deacons serving in our diocese.  In addition,

  • Our Class of 2017, consisting of 9 candidates, was ordained on May 20, 2017
  • The Class of 2019 began their Diaconate Journey in August 2015
  • The Class of 2021 has been formed and will be starting their Diaconate Journey August 2017