Holy Orders

"Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

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How is God calling you to follow?

Could God be calling you to be a deacon?

If you are discerning, or simply willing to consider, becoming a deacon, attend an information session as a next step. In addition, we encourage you to connect with the priests and deacons at your home parish, so they know you are interested. After acceptance, deacon formation is a ​four-year process. Those gentlemen accepted into formation have stability in their lives, ​in their families, and in their faith​. This is measured​, at the time of ordination​, as 10 years as a Catholic, 10 years in marriage​ ​(if married​), and with the ability to provide for the needs of your family​, while balancing formation and future ministry expectations.

Information sessions will be held...

  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm on Zoom

  • Saturday, December 5 at 7pm on Zoom

  • Thursday, January 7 at 7pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City

  • Sunday, January 10 at St. Ignatius in Ijamsville

  • Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm at St. Bernadine in Baltimore

  • Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm on Zoom.

Please assist the formation team by registering with Kristine Arata, Kristine.Arata@archbalt.org (registering allows us ​to contact you if adjustments must be made to the schedule). To ensure an understanding of the commitment of formation, applications are only available to those who attend an information session, or after special consideration with a member of the formation team: Fr. Mike Triplett (mtriplett@archbalt.org), Deacon Larry Matheny (lmatheny@e-stignatius.org), and Deacon Scott Lancaster (slancaster1@stlouisparish.org).

If you would like more information regarding diaconate formation, please contact our pastoral associate, and deacon candidate, Dan Miller or Fr. Patrick Carrion

Do you feel called to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese? For questions about your priestly vocation, please contact Fr. Patrick Carrion or  visit our Archdiocese's Vocations website.