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Permanent Diaconate

After the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI formally implemented the renewal of the diaconate, which is an ordained ministry for men (married or single) who are called to serve the Church. Formation and ministry adhere to the requirements defined in the "National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and life of Permanent Deacons in the United States."

Rev. Mark Przybysz, director of ministry & life of permanent deacons
St. Anthony of Padua Church
Phone: 616-453-8229, ext. 100 | Fax: 616-453-8053

Considering becoming a permanent deacon?
At this time, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is accepting inquiries from men interested in the permanent diaconate. To be considered an applicant must be a Roman Catholic at least 30 years of age (minimum age for ordination is 35), who is an active member of his parish (located within the Diocese of Grand Rapids) with the support of his pastor. He must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church, and have a sense of vocation to service. If married, he must be in a valid Catholic marriage for a minimum of five years, have the support of his wife and family, and be in a strong, stable marriage. If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy.
Although an upper age limit for application has not been established, the expectation is that ordained deacons will have the health and energy to provide a minimum of ten years of ordained ministry to the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
The deadline for inquiries to the Diocesan Aspirancy Process is August 12, 2016. All men who are interested in more information and/or applying are asked to contact Father Mark Przybysz, diocesan director for the Office for Ministry & Life of Permanent Deacons, for an appointment: or 616-453-8229, extension 100.