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"I often say that we speak too much about the church and not enough about Jesus, but the two cannot be separated. Many stories about the church today report institutional decline, and there is truth to them. Seldom noted, however, is that the church is in decline mostly in societies and countries that are also in decline.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, catechetical ministry is strong, as are the programs for preparing permanent deacons and lay ecclesial ministers. Many parishes are flourishing and are truly innovative in their ministries. Schools are being systematically strengthened. We will be making a special effort this year to tie young people to the church more closely. We have talented and dedicated priests, religious and deacons. We have families that are true schools of sanctity. Catholics are generous to their parishes and the archdiocese as well as to Catholic Charities and its related institutions. There are grave problems, and the aftermath of old sins and crimes will be with us for a long time to come; but the church here is a beacon to light the way to Christ, for those who want to see.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago

The call to the Diaconate, like all Christian vocations, is from God. It is a call that may be beckoning you. To find out more about responding to this possible call, please contact your pastor or the Institute for Diaconal Studies.  IDS is available to assist you with your questions and concerns about the requirements and procedures.  Review each of the side-bar buttons to learn about the path to becoming a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Visit the Resources page to discover current and helpful information about diaconal formation.

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Attend one of our information sessions throughout the formation year.  See our flyer for details.

Exploring the Permanent Diaconate

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If you have felt the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit regarding a potential vocation but don't know where to turn, call Deacon Bob Puhala at (847) 837-4564.

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