Permanent Deacon Program

“An increasingly educated society and the new roles of leadership in diaconal ministry require that a deacon be a knowledgeable and reliable witness to the faith and a spokesman for the Church’s teaching. Therefore, the intellectual dimension of formation must be designed to communicate knowledge of the faith and church tradition that is “complete and serious,” so that each participant will be prepared to carry out his vital ministry.” National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States #118.

Drawing from many years of preparing candidates for ordained ministry, Oblate School of Theology has developed a program for the permanent diaconate that addresses the theological formation of deacon candidates in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the Diocese of San Angelo and the Diocese of Lubbock.

The Deacon Formation Program is a five-year program of formation including a propaedeutic year. Candidates meet for 8 hours of instruction on a given topic followed by additional spiritual, human and pastoral formation provided by the Diocese.

Oblate School of Theology selects faculty, both full-time faculty and adjuncts. Spiritual directors, mentors, facilitators of theological reflection groups and supervisors of supervised ministry are selected and assigned by the local diocese.