Formation Information

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.

The Aspirancy Program 


The Basic Norms of the Formation of Permanent Deacons (USCCB) describes the propaedeutic (preparation) period as a time during which the ‘aspirants will be introduced to a deeper knowledge of theology, of spirituality and of the ministry of deacon and they will be led to a more attentive discernment of their call.”  
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The following sessions, constituting the Aspirancy Program of the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Fall River Diocese, have been designed to address these norms.


Please note:

  •  Aspirancy sessions take place at St Mary’s in New Bedford.
  •  Aspirants and their wives (if married) are expected to attend all sessions; if illness or family/work obligations do not permit attendance at a session, the aspirant is asked to inform the Permanent Diaconate Office. (Tel. 508-995-3700)
  •  All sessions begin at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
  • Each session begins with Evening Prayer or a Communion Service at 6:30 pm.
  • Presentations and discussions will take place in the parish center of St Mary’s, New Bedford, MA.




Session 1: Date: April 7. 2015


Session 2: Date : April 9, 2015


Session 3: Date: April 14, 2015


Session 4: Date: April 16, 2015


Session 5: Date: April 28, 2015


Session 6: Date: April 30, 2015


Session 7: Date: May 5, 2015


Session 8: Date: May 7, 2015


Session 9: Date: May 12, 2015


Session 10: Date: May 14, 2015


Session 11: Date: May 19, 2015

Session 12: Date: May 21, 2015


Session 13: Date: May 26, 2015

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