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Exploring the Diaconate

The Institute for Diaconal Studies invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is a time to pray, discuss and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

Here are the upcoming sessions:


April 18: University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IDS Office, 7:30 p.m. in Prist Center, Building 201P

For more information, contact Deacon Bob Puhala at (847) 837-4564, or visit

Application deadline for 2018-19 Aspirancy Path is May 1, 2018.


Information evenings for the Instituto de Liderazago Pastoral:

April 17: St. Benedict Church, 2339 York St., Blue Island, 7 p.m.
University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, 1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein, Building #800, 7 p.m.

April 18: Blessed Sacrament, 3540 S. Hermitage, Chicago, 7 p.m.

April 19: St. Philomena, 1921 N. Kedvale Ave., Chicago, 7 p.m.

For more information, visit: or call Graciela Contreras at  (847) 970-4954.


Diaconate Retreats

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


April 13-15: Deacon wives and widows retreat
April 27-29: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Ezequiel Sanchez
May 4-6: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Mike Knotek
May 18-20: Deacon retreat led by Fr. Kevin Hays
June 1-3: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr.Bob Miller
June 8-10: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Jamie Mueller

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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Exploring the Diaconate
Start Date/Time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:30 PM
End Date/Time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 9:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Exploring the Diaconate for inquirers at the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park

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Deaths in our community

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 3/14/18


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