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 Office of the Permanent Diaconate is responsible for all aspects associated with the formation of deacon candidates and the ongoing formation and coordination of the Oakland Diocese’s permanent diaconate community. The Director facilitates the processes involved in the recruitment and selection of candidates, their formation, evaluation, and initial assignment. Through the academic, spiritual and pastoral formation, we help in the development of each candidate within his family and within his community.
Deacon Personnel Director
Director: Dn. David Rezendes