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Who can become a permanent deacon?

Diaconal candidates are:

  • Catholic males who have been baptized and practicing the faith for at least five years
  • Between the ages of 35 and 65 by ordination
  • Of good moral character and reputation
  • In a valid, stable marriage, or living celibately if unmarried or widowed
  • Actively involved in their parish or in an ecclesial movement
  • Of sound physical and psychological health
  • Economically stable and self-sufficient
  • Residents of the Archdiocese of Vancouver
  • Living a deep and sacramental spiritual life, as evidenced by their frequent attendance at Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, and participation in spiritual exercises and retreats.


In addition, married candidates must have the consent and support of their wives, who must be willing to participate in their formation as needed. Diaconal candidates will seek the recommendation of their pastor, who will attest to the above traits, and express judgment as to their suitability to begin formation. Candidates from all cultural, professional and educational backgrounds are welcome.

Information from the Permanent Diaconate Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver
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