Admission Process - 10th Diaconate Class - Spring 2019

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha,

Bishop of Fall River, has authorized the formation of a

new class for the formation of Permanent Deacons beginning in the spring of 2019..

For the 10th Diaconate Class, scheduled to begin the Aspirancy phase in the spring of 2019, you are invited to submit a preliminary application. In the months ahead, information sessions will be held. The final and formal application process will begin in the fall of 2018 for those that wish to be admitted to the 10th diaconate class beginning in the spring of 2019.

For the 10th Diaconate Class

  • To submit an preliminary application, please complete the application found below. 


  • In addition to the application, a letter, in support of your application, from your pastor is required. That letter may be mailed to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, Diocese of Fall River, 121 Mt Pleasant Street, New Bedford, Ma 02740. 

Upon receipt of those two documents, we will open a file and keep you informed of upcoming information sessions and other details as we move closer to the spring of 2019. Once these items are received, please notify us by February 22, 2019 that you will  participate in the Aspirancy Phase in March-May, 2019 by sending us a letter of intent to Office of the Permanent Diaconate, 121 Mt Pleasant Street, New Bedford, Ma 02740d.

The schedule for the 10th Diaconate class is as follows:

  • Aspirancy Phase –  March 2019
  • Classes begin - September 2019 (4 years - twice per week)
  • Called to Candidacy – June 2020
  • Order of Reader – June 2021
  • Order of Acolyte – June 2022
  • Ordination - 2023

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