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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)

Jessica Gramling

Administrative Assistant

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.

Adjunct Formation Instructor

Nelson and Shelley Lowes


Deacon Mark and Janis Komula

Newly Ordained Deacon

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