Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Are you a man, thinking God might be calling you to the permanent diaconate? Would you like to have more information and meet some other deacons already ordained and working in this ministry?

Information sessions are scheduled in three areas:

February 22: 6:30pm, Church of the Visitation Parish Center, Norfolk

March 8: 6:30pm, Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Watertown

March 15: 6:30pm, Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s, Plattsburgh


A permanent deacon is a man of faith and love, called by God to be an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. As the Greek word diakonos suggests, a deacon is a servant, assisting in the work of bringing God to His people through the proclamation of the Word, celebration of the Sacraments and service to others.

The Role of the Deacon can be traced to apostolic times. Among the first seven deacons was Saint Stephen. He was the first martyr to shed his blood as a witness to the faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.The deacon in the Catholic Church is a member of the hierarchy which is comprised of bishop, priest and deacon.

The deacon’s service to the people of God has three aspects of participation. In liturgical ministry he proclaims the Gospel and sometimes preaches. He imparts the solemn blessing with the Blessed Sacrament at Benediction. He may baptize, witness and bless marriages, preside at the Liturgy of the Hours and at wakes and grave site services.

In his ministry of charity the deacon is able to bring a unique sensitivity in ministering to the needs of families, single parents, students, the aged, the infirmed, the imprisoned, those who suffer from poverty or addictions and many other important services already existing or yet to be discovered.

All Christians are called to love and holiness but the deacon is one who, responding to the call of the Holy Spirit, is sent by the Church to bring Christ and His Good News to those in need.

For Diaconate Convocation Click Here

For Diaconate Convocation Agenda Click Here

Current Candidates for Permanent Diaconate Ordination

Rick BurnsRich Burns

Brent CharlandBrent Charland

Dave ClarkDave Clark

Jim CrowleyJim Crowley 

Dave DemersDave Demers 

John FehlnerJohn Fehlner 

Tim FoleyTim Foley

Neil FullerNeil Fuller

 Ron GingerichRon Gingerich

Nick HaasNick Haas

Mike HowleyMike Howley

Larry MorseLarry Morse

Bill O'BrienBill O'Brien

Phil Regan

Phil Regan

Randy SmithRandy Smith

Tom YouseyTom Yousey

For Information on Deacon Formation click HERE