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In the light of Gospel values as lived by the early Christian community, the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Sacramento exists to continue the effective ministry of the servant Christ responding to human needs.  In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, Deacons are ordained for service, to fulfill a special role in the up building and activity of the local Church. 


The history of the diaconate in the Diocese of Sacrament dates back to the fall of 1977. Following the suggestion of Vatican Council II and the decision of the Bishops of the United States, the Diocese of Sacramento inaugurated the diaconate, and the first deacons were ordained in 1981 upon completion of the program of formation.


The Formation Program, which comprises preliminary formation and a year of aspirancy, a period of three years before ordination, plus a three-year post ordination, includes both, the deacon candidate and his wife. The program is designed to equip the candidate with those skills and techniques that will assist him to minister to those whom he is called to serve in diaconal service.  The program includes spiritual, theological and liturgical formation, and pastoral field ministry experiences.


As with all vocations, a man considering the Permanent Diaconate must discern God’s will for his life and whether he is being called to be a deacon.



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