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Criteria for the permanent diaconate

Have you thought about becoming a permanent deacon?

The Diocese of Parramatta has eight men ordained as permanent deacons who serve in various ministries in parishes, prisons and hospitals. Another nine men are in formation in the diaconate program (current July 2015).

Permanent deacons are ordained ministers of the Catholic Church.

Most men ordained as permanent deacons are married men.


The order of deacons is collectively called the diaconate.

The Diocese of Parramatta welcomes applications from men who meet the following criteria applicable to this vocation:


  • Mature and informed Catholic faith, sound moral character, prayerfulness and a sense of vocation to service;
  • Openness to personal, spiritual, theological and ministerial formation, normally over at least four years;
  • Involved in an active and positive way in parish life or other apostolic activity for several years and upon recommendation of the parish priest or other appropriate priest who has witnessed this involvement;
  • Other appropriate ‘people skills’ or ‘pastoral’ experience
  • (normally) able to complete tertiary studies in theology;
  • Able to undertake formation and future ministry without detriment to family and work;
  • Adequate physical and mental health; and
  • Usually aged between 30 and 55 years.



 Handbooks with further details of criteria and the role are available from Cecilia Zammit in the Chancery tel (02) 8838 3431, 0427 268 699.

Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.Matthew 18:15-20

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