Letters of Good Standing
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
Deacon Only Retreat: Aug. 24-26, 2018
Deacon Couples Retreat: Dec. 14-16, 2018
Permanent Diaconate Ordination: Sept. 29, 2018
Priests' Wellness Program
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: email@example.com
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
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.