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Continuing Formation Opportunities

Learn more about this opportunity for diaconate
continuing formation hours...

Diocesan Theological Institute  <-- Click here to go to CEO website

Letters of Good Standing

Guidelines for information needed for deacons requesting a Letter of Good Standing

Save the Dates!

2017 Deacon Retreats

Aug. 11-13 - Deacon Only
Dec. 29-31 - Deacon Couples

Other Important Dates (2018)

Assembly Day: Feb. 10, 2018 (New Date!)

Deacon Only Retreat: Aug. 24-26, 2018
Deacon Couples Retreat: Dec. 14-16, 2018

Permanent Diaconate Ordination: Sept. 29, 2018

Priests' Wellness Program
Help Needed

We are seeking deacons who would like to be involved in the Wellness Program that has been established for the priests of the Rockford Diocese. We are particularly interested in those who have any experience in health care, personal training, or diet and nutrition. If interested, please contact:
Deacon Chuck Cooper
by email:

by phone: 815-985-3636
or by mail at: 38 Cottonwood Lane
                    Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Ongoing Formation Hours

All active deacons are required to complete 25 hours of ongoing formation hours annually. If you are in need of a form, refer to page 110 of your Deacon Handbook and copy/enlarge the page. You may also download the form from the member section of this website.

Completed forms for the each year are due prior to March 1 of the following year.  Please submit completed forms to this office in a timely fashion.

Virtual Tours of the Vatican

Be sure to allow yourself enough time to take this virtual tour of The Vatican. It is awesome.

INSTRUCTIONS: After you link on the site below and select an image, double click with the left mouse button and it appears, then HOLD DOWN THE LEFT MOUSE BUTTON AND SLOWLY MOVE THE CURSOR AROUND THE ROOM and to the ceiling.

The Vatican virtual tours - once you get the hang of it, you can easily spend hours on this site...

Deacon to Deacon

Since Assembly Day, a number of deacons have enquired about the status of the St. Stephen - Deacon Relief Fund. As background, the Office has been given funds by parishes [tithes], deacons and individuals earmarked for assistance to deacons or their families in times of great need. The funds are kept in a separate account, isolated from the operating funds. With the advice of the Bishop’s Committee for the Permanent Diaconate and authorization of the Vicar for Clergy, the Office has made several gifts since the funds inception over a decade ago.

Today, the funds are nearly depleted. If you or your parish would like to make a gift at this time, please do so by sending a check accompanied by a letter stating the origin and intended use of the funds.

To replenish the funds, we will need the assistance of the community. Several deacons made suggestions about how we might raise funds. Please contact the office if you would like to serve on a committee focused on sourcing these funds. Today’s generosity will be the charity we have to share with deacons and their families in times of great need.

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