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Institute for Diaconal Studies

Institute for Diaconal Studies | News

  • Candidates Meet with Archbishop Cupich | 4/30/2016

    On Saturday, April 30, Archbishop Cupich met with the Cohort 2016 Ordination Candidates and their wives at University of Saint Mary of the Lake.  Candidates delivered four presentations on their vocation discernment journey and specifically their Service to the Word, Liturgy, and Charity internships.  Wives presented their experience in the formation program, both from the group and the individual perspective.  The Archbishop offered a response to the presentations and engaged in a general discussion with the cohort.  At the end of the session Archbishop Cupich presented the candidates with lectionaries and the wives with Pope Francis’ book Walking with Jesus.  He joined the cohort for lunch and further conversation.  The 2016  ordination will take place on Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral.

  • Institution of Reader | 4/18/2016

    On Sunday, April 17, 2016 Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry presided at the Rite of Institution into the Ministry of Reader at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of Saint Mary of the Lake.  Fifteen first year candidates took part in the liturgy and became instituted Readers. One additinal candidate, already instituted into the ministry, received the bushop's blessing.

    At the institution, Bishop Perry charged the men to be faithful in handing on the Word of God so that it may grow strong in the hearts of His people. Additionally, being an instituted Reader means “taking on a special office within the Christian community.” Besides proclaiming the word in the liturgical assembly, an instituted Reader is responsible for:

    - instructing children and adults in the faith;
    - preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily;
    - bringing the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it.

    This is an awesome responsibility as well as part of the continuing discernment process as each candidate moves forward on his journey in formation and listens to God’s plan for him in future ministry.

  • Rite of Candidacy 2015 | 10/12/2015

    On Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 1:30pm Auxiliary Bishop John R. Manz of the Archdiocese of Chicago called fifteen men to the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders (Order of Deacon) at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of St. Mary of the Lake.  These fifteen men were formally enrolled as deacon candidates for the Institute for Diaconal Studies.

    Candidacy is the first official recognition by the Church of the positive signs of his vocation to the diaconate, which must be confirmed in the next three years of formation—a period that includes academic courses, spiritual formation and direction, pastoral ministry experiences, human/personal development, field education, internships, and much more.

    To get to this point in his formation, the men have journeyed through a one-year period of discernment called the Aspirancy Path that included prayer and spiritual formation sessions, an intensive and comprehensive course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, days of reflection on the deacon’s share in the bishop’s ministries, field ministry experiences in ministering to a culturally diverse Church, a field education experience in Service to Charity, monthly spiritual direction, and a retreat during which he prayed and reflected, with his family, over his possible call to the ordained ministry of deacon.

  • Institution of Acolyte | 11/23/2015


    On Sunday, November 8, 2015 Most Rev. George J. Rassas presided at the insitution of six deacon candidates into the Ministry of Acolyte.  

    As instituted acolytes, their responsibilities will include:

    • Assisting priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry at the Eucharist;
    • As special ministers, giving Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy, and to the sick;
    • Striving to live more fully by the Lord’s sacrifice and to be molded more perfectly in its likeness;
    • Seeking to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what they do so to offer themselves daily to God as spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him through Jesus Christ.

    This year the candidates will continue to be involved in intensive, multidimensional study, prayer, and preparation for Holy Orders.  Please keep our candidates and their families in your prayers as they answer God's call in their lives.

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