Permanent Diaconate Information Sessions

Do you feel called to be a Permanent Deacon? Men interested in ordained ministry, along with their spouses, can learn more about the permanent diaconate this Spring

This introductory seminar will take place over two Saturdays and address the deacon’s identity through the history and practicalities. Those who wish to apply to the permanent diaconate program are required to attend both sessions as each of the sessions will address a different perspective.

TWO locations available

St. Mark's College at UBC

Saturday, April 13, 2019 and Saturday, May 11, 2019


8:30 – Morning Prayer
9:00 – Course
12:00 – Lunch*
1:00 - 2:00 – Spiritual Formation*
*For the St. Mark's College location, men already preparing for the diaconate and some of their wives will be on campus taking courses as well, providing an opportunity for inquirers to meet and talk with them.

St. Nicholas Parish in Langley

Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Saturday, May 25, 2019


9:00 - 12:00 – Information Session

Cost: Free at both locations


New video: Learn about the lives and ministry of local Permanent Deacons

Who is a deacon?

A Catholic deacon is an ordained minister who shares in the apostolic work of the Archbishop. The title “deacon” comes from the Greek word “diakonos,” which means “servant.” The vocation of deacon carries the profound responsibility to pour out one’s life in service to others, just as Christ who came “not to be served, but to serve.”

What does a deacon do?

Deacons are ordained “not for the priesthood, but for service.”

Deacons are official teachers and preachers of the Gospel, and they may preside at baptisms, marriages, funerals, and other forms of community prayers. They also share in the pastoral responsibilities of outreach, such as visiting the sick, the homebound, those imprisoned and in need. They cannot celebrate Mass, hear confessions, or anoint the sick. “By its very nature, the ministry of permanent deacons will help all of us -priests, consecrated women and men, and lay faithful - to live our baptismal call of building up the Body of Christ.

More information of Permanent Diaconate Program:
Visit RCAV website for Permanent Diaconate

View Permanent Diaconate Info Sheet

Read Permanent Diaconate FAQs


Contact St. Mark's College
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-822-4463 Ext. 129

Contact Archdiocese of Vancouver, Permanent Diaconate Office
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-683-0281 Ext. 50431

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