Permanent Diaconate Formation

A Ministry of the Office of Faith Formation

Men Study to be Deacons for Five Years

The Diocese of Little Rock offers a five-year, bilingual, permanent diaconate formation program through the Office of Faith FormationCatholic men in good standing with the Church, who will be 35 years old by their ordination date are eligible to apply. Weekend classes are held monthly. The English program is presented by St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana, where many of the diocese's seminarians also receive their priestly formation. 

Instructors provide in-person courses at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock along with online courses for 11 months a year for five years. For more information, email Deacon Mark Verkampdirector of permanent diaconate formation, or call him at (479) 965-6255. Spanish formation is provided by diocesan clergy and laity through in-person courses at Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, also for 11 months a year for five years. For more information, email Deacon Marcelino Luna, associate director of faith formation, or call him at (501) 664-0340, ext. 392 or (501) 413-8810. | Deacon DirectoryEn Español

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor ordained 46 men to the permanent diaconate in two ordination Masses in Little Rock and Rogers in June 2022. Read about the Class of 2022 or watch the Little Rock ordination Mass below. A new diaconate formation class is being formed now. For more information, go to Class of 2028.



Diaconate Formation Class of 2028

Inquiry meetings were held in the fall of 2021 about this new formation class being formed. Catholic men in good standing with the Church, who will be 35 years old by 2028, were invited to attend. 

An overview of the five-year diaconate formation program, which is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2023, was explained.

The meetings were presented in English and Spanish, in separate rooms, at the same location and time. Those discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate were asked to attend one of these meetings held at different parishes across the diocese. 

For more information, email Deacon Mark Verkamp, associate director of permanent diaconate formation, or call him at (479) 965-6255. This program is a ministry of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Little Rock.