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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained 15 men to the permanent diaconate on Nov. 16, 2013.

Learn how to become a permanent deacon

The Oakland Diocese is preparing to welcome a new class of men who want to become permanent deacons. A series of information meetings to acquaint men with the qualifications and requirements for diaconate training are being held throughout the diocese. Any man who thinks he might be called to become a permanent deacon is encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

Want to be a deacon?

Come to an information session

Jan. 6
7-8 p.m. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Pleasanton

Jan. 15
7-8 p.m. Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Jan. 17
11 a.m.-noon, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Brentwood

Jan. 20
7-8 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, Martinez

Jan. 24
11 a.m.-noon, Holy Spirit/DeSousa House, Fremont

510-267-8348 or abeaman@oakdiocese.org
A permanent deacon serves in parishes or with organizations, as assigned by the bishop. There are 90 active deacons in the diocese, and 20 retired. Deacons can preside at baptisms, weddings and funerals. They preach and proclaim the Gospel.

The last class of 15 deacons was ordained Nov. 16, 2013 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

The information meetings will be held on Jan. 6 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Pleasanton; Jan. 15 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland; Jan. 17 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Brentwood; Jan. 20 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Martinez; and Jan. 24 at DeSousa House at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont.

To be admitted into the deacon formation class, a man must be at least 35 years of age and fully initiated into the Catholic Church for at least 10 years prior to his application. He must be an active and practicing member of his parish community, have a passion for service, especially to the poor and marginalized and have a deep spiritual and prayer life.

He must be in good physical and mental health, be gainfully employed or retired, and have sufficient time to devote to the formation program. If he is married, his wife and family must give full consent for his participation, and his wife must be willing to join him in the formation program. Single men, including widowers, must make a commitment to lifelong celibacy and married men who become widowed must agree to remain celibate.

A candidate must show leadership ability and the capacity to fulfill both the liturgical and service components of diaconal ministry. His pastor's recommendation is required.

For further information, contact the Department of Clergy Services, 510-267-8348, or email abeaman@oakdiocese.org.

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