Permanent Diaconate

Might God be calling you to serve as a permanent deacon?

  • Do you have a deep commitment to your Catholic Faith and your prayer life?
  • Are you committed to your family and work – faithful to your responsibilities and generous with your time?
  • Do you have a strong desire to serve others, in the Church and in the wider community?
  • Have others suggested that you might consider the permanent diaconate to be a vocation for you?
  • Do you think you are not good enough, or capable enough, to become an ordained minister?

Perhaps God is calling you……….

Why not have a chat with your parish priest? He will be able to help you to discern whether or not you should consider applying to be accepted onto the formation programme for the permanent diaconate. If you know any deacons it would be helpful to talk to them, and their wives if possible, about what it means to be a deacon.

Current students:

If you would like more information, please contact Fr Christopher Whitehead, Director of Formation for the permanent diaconate,

Alexander House,
160 Pennywell Road,
Bristol, BS5 0TX
0117 902 5595

Paul Thompson
At Holy Family in Swindon, Paul is involved in a number of activities including fund raising and parish finance in addition to reading at Mass and taking communion to the sick and housebound. He is also involved in the local ecumenical partnership. Following his conversion to the Catholic faith a number of years ago, Paul started his diaconal formation in September 2014. He lives in Swindon, is married to Maria and has three children and four grandchildren. Among his interests outside of Church are birdwatching, photography and nowadays is a keen armchair sports enthusiast. Paul works for a Housing Association based in Wiltshire.

Our Lady, Woman of Hope, pray for us

St Peter, Rock of Hope, pray for us

St Paul, Apostle of Hope, pray for us