Seventy-two active permanent deacons currently serve in the Diocese of Arlington, and an additional thirteen men are currently participating in the Diaconate Formation Program.

    The formation, ministry, and life of permanent deacons are supported by the Director of Diaconate Formation, the Bishop's Delegate for Clergy and the Diaconal Council.

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington

    What is a permanent deacon?

    A deacon is a man called personally and ecclesially to serve in the manner of Jesus. He is first and foremost a Christian in his state in life and in his secular employment. He is trained and formed by additional study and prayer for a special ministry to the people of God as an ordained minister. More  

    Application Process & requirements

    The Permanent Diaconate Office welcomes applications from men of all communities and backgrounds. The presence and witness of deacons from all communities will assist in identifying community needs and advance the response of Christian service.

    For more information on the application, please click here.

    For the requirements to become a permanent deacon, click here.