How to Become a Deacon

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How to Become a Deacon

In the video above, five of the Diocese of Manchester's Permanent Deacons talk about about the role of the deacon in the community.

Watch our deacons discuss their call to the Permanent Diaconate.

Are You Called to the Permanent Diaconate?

Becoming a deacon involves a vocation from God; it is not simply another volunteer job or ministry. Therefore, a person becomes a deacon not just out of personal desire or interest, but for the common good of the Church as determined by the bishop. It is for these reasons that the selection, discernment, and formation of deacon candidates are rigorous efforts. The entire formation process in fact, is a journey of discernment. Through systematic opportunities for prayer, spiritual direction, formal course work, and pastoral-skills development, the candidate is able to reflect critically on his life and the various ministries to which he might be assigned. This process of discernment continues to the very moment of ordination.

If you are considering a vocation to the permanent diaconate, learn more below or e-mail your questions to

Requirements for Becoming a Deacon

Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Class of 2017

Permanent Deacon Brochure - English | Spanish (Programa de Formación de Diáconos Permanentes)


On Saturday, June 16, Bishop Libasci celebrated the Rite of Candidacy, formally accepting 8 men as candidates to be ordained as Permanent Deacons. The following men are expected to be ordained as Permanent Deacons in 2021:

Michael Brunette—St. Anthony of Padua, Manchester
Christopher Conley—St. Katharine Drexel, Alton
David Deutsch—Parish of the Assumption, Dover
David Hemeon—Holy Trinity, Plymouth
Douglas Hoffer—St. Joseph the Worker, Nashua
Brian Lester—St. John Neumann, Merrimack
Sean Magee—Christ the King, Concord
Christopher Seiler—St. Elizabeth Seton, Bedford