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Bishop Anthony B. Taylor accepted 69 men into the bilingual, permanent diaconate...

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Aug. 18 - Aug. 19
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
St. John Catholic Center
Aug. 25 - Aug. 27
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend in Spanish
Coury House Retreat Center
Sep. 8 - Sep. 9
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
St. John Catholic Center
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend in Spanish
St. John Church - Russellville
Oct. 6 - Oct. 8
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
Arkansas 4-H Center
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Diaconate Formation Class of 2022

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The Diocese of Little Rock is offering a five-year, bilingual, permanent diaconate formation program that began in the fall of 2017. It is a ministry of the Office of Faith Formation under the direction of Father Erik Pohlmeier.

Sixty-nine men were accepted into the program in May 2017. Of these, 50 men and their wives attend monthly, weekend classes in English at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. The remaining 19 men and their wives attend formation classes in Spanish at Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco. 

For the first year, the men are called aspirants and the formation focuses on human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation. In 2018 they may ask Bishop Anthony B. Taylor to accept them as candidates. In their candidacy years from 2018 to 2022 the courses focus more on theological studies.

For the first time, the diocese is providing the candidacy program in English through St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. Since the program was begun in 1999, St. Meinrad has worked with 22 dioceses to train 450 permanent deacons. The diocese also works closely with the seminary for priestly formation of most of the diocese’s seminarians.

Instructors provide in-person and online courses for 11 months a year for five years. For the Spanish formation, diocesan clergy and laity lead in-person courses at Subiaco Abbey over the same period. Ordination is expected to occur in the summer of 2022.

Instructors provide in-person and online courses for 11 months a year for five years. For the Spanish formation, diocesan clergy and laity lead in-person courses at Subiaco Abbey over the same period. Ordination is expected to occur in the summer of 2022.

This formation process began in 2015 when all those interested attended informational meetings to learn about the permanent diaconate. It was open to Catholic men in good standing with the Church who would be at least 35 years old by their ordination in 2022.

More than 130 men and their wives began meeting to discern a vocation to the diaconate in January 2016. After completing nine months of prayer and reflection, 85 men were interested. Of these, 69 were accepted.

The development of this formation class comes after a five-year break. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor ordained 40 English- and Spanish-speaking men from across the diocese to the permanent diaconate in November 2012. For more information, contact Father Pohlmeier at (501) 664-0340.

Recent Updates

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor accepted 69 men into the bilingual, permanent diaconate...

Calendar of Events

Aug. 18 - Aug. 19
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
St. John Catholic Center
Aug. 25 - Aug. 27
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend in Spanish
Coury House Retreat Center
Sep. 8 - Sep. 9
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
St. John Catholic Center
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend in Spanish
St. John Church - Russellville
Oct. 6 - Oct. 8
Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend
Arkansas 4-H Center