5.9.1.4.2 Continuing Education and Spiritual Development of Deacons

1. “Regular spiritual direction is truly of the greatest assistance to deacons” and should be pursued as an integral part of diaconal spirituality and life. [1]

2. Deacons are encouraged to attend daily Mass.

3. Deacons are to complete 30 contact hours of ongoing formation each year in theology, spirituality and pastoral education. [2] Senior deacons are exempt from this requirement.

4. Deacons are responsible to design their ongoing formation and to report it through their annual report to the director of the Office of Deacons (see #5.9.1.9.2 Annual Reporting by Deacons).

5. Deacons are expected to regularly participate in regional clusters, meetings and activities of the deacon community. Eastern Catholic deacons, with consent of their ordinaries, are invited to participate in any functions of the deacon community.

6. To the extent possible, spouses and families of deacons are to be included in such gatherings by those who conduct or plan them. The widows of deacons are to be invited to all deacon community functions, such as the convocation, as guests of the diocese.



[1] Congregation for the Clergy, Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, n. 58. Available at Vatican website, http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccatheduc/documents/rc_con_ccatheduc_doc_31031998 _directorium-diaconi_en.html. Also see the recommendation for regular spiritual direction in USCCB, National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, n. 247.

[2] NDPD, chapter VII, Norm 2: “Each diocesan Church should establish a basic minimum of continuing education hours to be fulfilled on an annual basis by all diocesan deacons in active service.” Footnote 254 at the end of this text reads: “Each diocesan Church is to establish a basic minimum of continuing education hours to be fulfilled on an annual basis by all diocesan deacons in active service. This would be in addition to time allocated for the annual diaconal community retreat.”


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor