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Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations, which is required for all deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be offered in Spanish and English. The program runs about 2 1/2 hours and includes a series of video vignettes and discussion on topics such as pornography, alcohol abuse and personnel  relationships in the parish.

A session in Spanish will be held Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Diaconate Office, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park.

A session in English will be held Tuesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Diaconate Office.

To register, call the Diaconate Office at (708) 366-8900.


Diaconate Retreats

The following retreats have been scheduled at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House.


June 1-3: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Bob Miller
June 8-10: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Jamie Mueller
Sept. 14-16: Spanish deacon couples retreat
Nov. 2-4: Deacon couples retreat


Jan. 25-27: Deacon couples retreat
Feb. 8-10: Spanish deacons
March 29-31: Deacon couples
April 26-28: Deacon wives and widows
May 3-5: Spanish couples retreat
May 17-19: Deacon couples retreat
May 31-June 2: Deacon couples retreat
June 7-9: Spanish couples retreat

All retreats begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will conclude on Sunday before lunch.
To register for a retreat, call (847) 566-6060. For more information, visit


List of Spiritual Directors

The Office of the Diaconate has compiled a list of Spiritual Directors who are willing to meet with deacons and wives of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

When meeting with the Spiritual Director make sure to ask what the stipend for their service will be.




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Diaconate Convocation
Start Date/Time: Friday, June 09, 2017 5:00 PM
End Date/Time: Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Diaconate Convocation 2017 June 9-11 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

Owned by Dave Brencic On Wednesday, February 15, 2017




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Deaths in our community

Deacon Thomas Kreidler, class of 1980, died May 4, 2018
Deacon Leonard Delisi, class of 1980, died May 4, 2018
Ivanka Vidmar, mother of Deacon John Vitmar, class of 1989.
Sylvia Michalowski, wife of Deacon Ben Michalowski, class of 1989, died May 2, 2018
Deacon John A. O'Leary, class of 1984, died April 26, 2018
Deacon George Lambert, class of 1975, died March 13, 2018
Regelia Ibarra, wife of deceased Deacon Juan Ibarra, class of 1978, died Jan. 23, 2018
Lina Navarro, mother of Deacon Raymon Navarro, class of 2006
Deacon Thomas McGorey, class of 1979, died Jan. 29, 2018
Deacon William Mages, class of 1978, died Jan. 26, 2018
Deacon Richard Baum, class of 1981, died Jan. 23, 2018
Deacon Peter Meehan, class of 1991, died Jan. 15, 2018
Deacon Russell Anderberg, class of 1979, died Jan. 12, 2018
Mary Ann Debnar, wife of Deacon John Debnar, class of 1987, died Dec. 6, 2017

Please keep all the faithful departed and their families in your prayers.

Updated 5/15/18


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