Permanent DiaconateMinisters of the Word, Altar, and Charity
Founded to assist the bishops and priests in service of God and the faithful, deacons maintain a life of prayer and humble service, always ready to respond to the pastoral demands of their parish and diocese. In the Diocese of Tyler, following the directives of Bishop Joseph Strickland, deacons engage in an ongoing process of formation, suited to the needs of the Church in East Texas. As Bishop Strickland has set forth in his Constitution on Teaching, the Church in East Texas needs to learn the Catholic faith, so deacons must be teachers. The Program of Continuing Formation for Deacons focuses on developing the spirituality and skills of our current permanent deacons in a variety of areas, most especially directed toward knowing and teaching the liturgy, the doctrine of the Church, and the moral life.
Documents on the Permanent Diaconate
- National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (PDF)
- Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons (Congregation for the Clergy & Congregation for Catholic Education)
- Sacrum Dioconatus Ordinem (Apostolic Letter of Paul VI)
- USCCB Frequently Asked Questions about the Diaconate
Links and Resources for Permanent Diaconate
- USCCB Documents & Resources
- CatholicDeacon.org (independent site)
- Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis)
- Reporting Form for Continuing Education
Permanent deacons may be married men, provided they are over the age of 35. See our flyer here for more information.