In response to contemporary circumstances and needs, bishops attending Vatican Council II voted to restore the ancient office of the permanent diaconate. The move to establish the diaconate in Oakland originated with the Priests Senate in 1973. Bishop Begin approved the program in 1974. The first deacon class of twenty-seven men was ordained on February 17, 1978. Since then, six additional classes have been ordained. Currently, over 100 deacons provide distinguished service to the community.
The formation process moves through stages: Inquiry and Discernment, Aspirancy, Candidacy and finally Ordination. As with all vocations, a man considering the Permanent Diaconate must discern God’s will for his life and whether he is being called to be a deacon. During the Inquiry and Discernment stage, workshops providing tools for discernment are conducted prior to application to the program. These workshops are for the inquirer and his wife, if married.
We can place your name on a waiting list for the next formation class or provide further information to assist with your inquiry and discernment. Learn more...
Rev. Mark Amaral
Director for Deacon Formation
510-267-8345 Fax: 510-628-2120
510-267-8348 Fax: 628-2120