In the Diocese of Little Rock, the directors of formation and the minister to deacons provide a unified diocesan formation program in human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral dimensions for those called to ordained service.
Minister to Deacons
The minister to deacons has responsibility for post-ordination continuing formation for the ordained permanent deacons and their spouses in human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral areas. To learn more, go to Minister to Deacons
At his address to the permanent deacons of the United States ("The Heart of the Diaconate Servants of the Mysteries of Christ and Servants of Your Brothers and Sisters," Sept. 19, 1987), Pope John Paul II said the permanent deacon's ministry "is the Church's service sacramentalized ... This is at the very heart of the diaconate to which you are called: to be a servant of the mysteries of Christ and, at one and the same time, to be a servant of your brothers and sisters."
The principal function of the permanent deacon is to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in the exercise of a ministry of Word, Liturgy and Service, which is not of their own wisdom but of the Word of God, calling all to conversion and holiness. ("Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons," 1998)
Permanent Diaconate Formation
Our four-year bilingual, permanent diaconate formation program provides training in spirituality, human development, academics (Scripture, theology, Church history, Vatican II, homiletics, etc.) and pastoral ministry. During this time, the program/staff helps candidates continue to discern the possible call from God to be ordained. The final discernment is by the bishop.
In November 2012, 40 men from across the diocese were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. At this time, no permanent diaconate formation is taking place. If you would like to speak to someone about when the next formation class would be organized, contact us