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Diaconate

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate prepares the candidate during his process toward ordination and helps coordinate ongoing formation and assignments after ordination.

The ordained deacon is essential to the liturgical and social life of the Diocesan Church.

Office of the Permanent Diaconate

Deacon Michael Russo

Director of the Permanent Diaconate
(814) 288-3036
(814) 241-0576 (Cell)
mrusso@dioceseaj.org

Marybeth Heinze

Administrative Assistant
(814) 361-2000
mheinze@dioceseaj.org

The Call to the Diaconate

Who do you know who is hearing the call to serve the Lord in the Church as a Permanent Deacon? Maybe you?

God continues to call men between the ages of 32 and 59 to participate in service ministry to God’s people in the Diaconate.

Answering the Call

Exploring the Permanent Diaconate

Deacons minister to God’s people through Word, Sacrament, and Charity. The Deacon is called to serve in the manner of Jesus. He is first and foremost a Christian man in his usual employment and lifestyle, trained and formed by additional study and prayer and graced by the Sacrament of Holy Orders for a special ministry to the community.

This series of interviews were created to help better understand and explore the Diaconate journey from Formation to Ordination.

Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B.

Formation Instructor

Sister Marilyn Welch, C.C.W.

Wives Formation Instructor

Nelson and Shelley Lowes

Candidate

Deacon Mark and Janis Komula

Newly Ordained Deacon

Upcoming 2022 Events

More information coming soon!

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Ordination of Dan Heiser and Brian Yurky to the Permanent Diaconate

June 4 @ 10:00 am

Details

Date:
June 4
Time:
10:00 am
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Venue

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
One Cathedral Square
Altoona, PA 16601 United States
Phone:
814-944-4603
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Annual Diaconate Retreat

June 12 - June 16

Details

Start:
June 12
End:
June 16
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Venue

Antiochian Village
140 Church Camp Trail
Bolivar, PA 15923
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Permanent Diaconate Rite of Acolyte

September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Details

Date:
September 17
Time:
5:00 pm
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Venue

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
One Cathedral Square
Altoona, PA 16601 United States
Phone:
814-944-4603

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