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An Invitation to Examine
the Permanent Diaconate

The role of the Deacon within the Church
has a long history of service dating back to the early church and is enjoying
a resurgence in the modern post Vatican II era.

A Deacon is ordained to a mission of service
within his parish and community and is a member of the Clergy under the direction
of the Bishop of the Diocese. He assumes
a servant’s role; and extension of the Shepherding duties of the Bishop.

While all the faithful of the church are
called to love and serve each other by virtue for their Baptism, some are
ordained to specific forms of ministry.
Bishops, Priests and Deacons all serve the Church in their unique roles.

If you are a married or single man
between 35-60 years who feels a call to be more active within your local
parish, perhaps God is calling you to the Permanent Diaconate.

A Deacon is not a priest. At ordination, "he is permanently and
publically configured to Christ the Servant, he shares the overall pastoral
responsibility of the Bishop to care for all the people of the diocese, and
becomes an integral part of the clerical structure of the church, in
partnership with priests, serving the needs of the entire diocese." (Dietwig,
Williamm T., 101 Questions A& Answers on Deacons, p. 11.)

Through a four year formation program of
education, spiritual formation, a series of group retreats and continued
activity within his parish, the Candidate is guided toward the discernment of
his call and a full preparation for his work as a Deacon.

Most Deacons are married, have children
and jobs. His commitment to the program
becomes a journey for his wife and children as well. The full support of the family is vital.
Duties within the family are not to be
replaced or neglected by the demands of study and function within the parish,
though they will certainly have some impact.

Currently in the Diocese of St. Paul
there are six ordained Permanent Deacons, four Candidates about to commence
their second year of formation, and plans are underway to commence another four
year formation program in the fall of 2016.

If you feel you would like to know more
about the diaconate ministry and examine your place in the role of a Deacon in
the Diocese of St. Paul, please get in touch with Bishop Paul Terrio at 780-645-3277
or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1.  Fr. Jose Chirappanath, cmi, has been recalled to India by his Community effective August 30, 2015.  We thank him for his years of pastoral
     services and devotion in the Diocese of St. Paul.

2.  Fr. Jacob Alvares, sac, is appointed pastor of St. Dominic and Assumption parishes of Cold Lake effecitve September 1, 2015.

3.  Fr. Aureus Manjares is appointed pastor of St. Jean-de-Brébeuf parish in Mallaig and St. Helen in St. Lina effective September 1, 2015.

4.  Fr. Francis Geraldo is appointe pastor of St. Emile in Legal effective September 1, 2015

4.  Fr. Martin Jubinville is appointed Diocesan Chaplain for the CWL effective August 30, 2015 without prejudice to his other functions.

1.  Father Dario Abram, former Vicar-General retires from pastoral ministry and resides at Villa Shalom effective August 31, 2015.

2.  Father Rene Realuyo is appointed Vicar-General of the Diocese of St. Paul without prejudice to his current duties.

3.  Father Peter Tran, former Chancellor returning from a sabbatical year is appointed Episcopal-Vicar for the retired clergy.

4.  Father Andrew Schoenberger is appointed Episcopal-Vicar for the North and pastor of St. John the Baptist parish in Fort McMurray effective August 10, 2015.

5.  Father Jose Chirappanath, cmi, is appointed pastor of St. Dominic in Cold Lake effective August 10, 2015.

6.  Father Francis Geraldo is appointed pastor of St. Jean-de-Brébeuf parish in Mallaig effective September 1, 2015.

7.  Father Paul Vithayathil, cmi, is appointed associate pastor for Boyle, with residence at the Boyle rectory effective July 2, 2015.

8.  Father Gérard Gauthier, without prejudice to his present duties, is appointed Vice-Chancellor effective July 1, 2015.

9.  Reverend Mr. Jerry Metz is appointed Chancellor effective July 1, 2015.

10.  Seminarian Michael Ngo is apointed to St. Louis de France parish in Bonnyville for a pastoral internship effective August 1, 2015.