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Conversations About Vocation and the Diaconate

Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
St. Robert Bellarmine, Chicago, Vicariate IV
Ambassadors: Deacon Bill and Ginger Frere

Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
St. James at Sag Bridge, Lemont, Vicariate V
Saginaw Hall
Ambassadors: Deacon Douglas and Carrie Szarzynski

Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m.
Divine Providence, Westchester, Vicariate IV 
Ministry Center
Ambassadors: Deacon Jim and Carmen Sponder

Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
St. Monica, Chicago, Vicariate II
Meet at: 4631 North Laramie
Ambassadors: Deacon Pat and Julie Brenner
Contact: 773.809.2397

For more information contact Deacon Bob Puhala, or 847.837.4564 or visit us at Application Deadline for the 2020–2021 Aspirancy Path is June 1, 2020.


The Institute for Diaconal Studies will host a series of Exploring the Diaconate sessions for men seeking information on becoming a deacon. Husbands and wives are invited to come and learn about the discernment process and the formation program aspirants and candidates pursue.

All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. To RSVP, contact Sister Caroline Onuoha, DMMM, at (847) 837-4563 or Application deadline for the 2020–21 Aspirancy Path is June 1, 2020.

Vicariate IV
March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Office of the Diaconate
816 Marengo Avenue, Forest Park.

Vicariate V
April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Ss. Cyril & Methodius
608 Sobieski Street, Lemont
The meeting will be held in the Parish Life Center.

Vicariate VI
April 29, 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle
5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago
The meeting will be held in the Parish Hall.

For more information, contact Deacon Bob Puhala, at, or call 847.837.4564. During the fall and spring, there will be Conversations about Vocation and the Diaconate held throughout the archdiocese.

Convocation 2020
May 1–3, 2020

All deacons and wives of the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to Convocation 2020 on May 1-3 at the Marriott Chicago in Oak Brook.

Friday keynote presenter: Deacon Keith Strohm
Saturday keynote presenter: Matthew Leonard
Sunday keynote presenter: Sherry Weddell
Convocation concludes with Cardinal Cupich presiding at Mass

More details to come

St Lawrence 2019 -- Web Content

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS The Office of the Diaconate is seeking nominations of deacons and their wives who are doing outstanding ministerial service in their...

Events - Sectional Content

Conversations About Vocation and the Diaconate SPRING 2020 Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. St. Robert Bellarmine, Chicago,...

Death Announcements -- Web Content

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS Please check back periodically for updates.

Recent Deaths in Our Community - Sectional Content

2020   Deacon Gilberto Cintron , class of 1974, died January 8, 2020 Deacon James Burns , class of 1994, died January 7, 2020 ...

Radio Show Audio -- Sectional Content

Diakonia: A Call to Service 1st Thursday Monthly, 8:30 – 9 a.m. WNDZ 750 AM Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic explore the importance of...

Contact Us -- Sectional Content

Office of the Diaconate  Archdiocese of Chicago 816 Marengo Avenue Forest Park, IL 60130 708.366.8900 ...

Deacons Hero Banner

Deacon John Lorbach and his ministry: The Long Goodbye ...

Forms and Resources - Web Content

Handbook for the Diaconate ( PDF ) Grants, Stipends and Reimbursement Mutual Aid ( PDF ) St. Francis Educational Grant Application ( PDF ) Stipends ( PDF ) Ministry Development...

St Lawrence 2019 -- Photo Gallery

Deacons Tony Cocco, left, and William Stearns, both members of the class of 1994, assisted Father Michael Ahlstrom, vicar emeritus,...

Sunrise Mass 2019 -- Web Content

A bright, new day dawned along the Chicago lakefront on August 3 with a gathering of more than 100 people praying for peace and an end to violence. Organized by the black deacons of the...

Sunrise Mass 2019 -- Photo Gallery

Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago line up for the procession before the Sunrise Mass for peace on August 3 at Oakwood Beach. (Photo...

2019 Diaconate Convocation -- Sectional

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS More than 270 deacons and wives gathered at the 2019 Diaconate Convocation on June 1. Bishop Mark Bartosic, episcopal vicar for...

Past Events - Photo Gallery

Deacon Paul Spalla, class of 1978, delivers the homily at the St. Lawrence Mass at St. John Church in Glenwood. (Photos courtesy of...

Diaconate Convocation 2019 -- Gallery

Bishop Mark Bartosic addresses the deacons and wives of the Archdiocese of Chicago during the 2019 Diaconate Convocation. (Photo by...

Hopes on the Way -- Sectional Web Content

Buckets of Hope for Hurricane Victims Hope’s on the Way will aid victims of hurricane disaster by putting together Buckets of Hope filled with cleaning items....

Kolbe House -- Web Content

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s prison ministry is strongly supported by the Office of the Diaconate. Indeed, many of Chicago’s deacons and wives—over a dozen—work with prisoners. Kolbe House is...

Prayer for Sick - Web Content

Among the sick, we commend to your prayers:  Linda Hoyne Beverly Nylen Deacon Mel Stasinski Terry Coffey Deacon Felix Patino Deacon Carlos Nazario Deacon...

Deacon Ordination -- Web Content

A new class of permanent and transitional deacons was ordained on Saturday, May 11, at Holy Name Cathedral. A Catholic deacon is one who is ordained to diakonia, that is, a service to...

Deacons -- Retreat Information -- Web Content

Retreats at Joseph and Mary Retreat House (formerly Stritch Retreat House) are designed to help deacons and their loved ones grow spiritually and cultivate a stronger relationship with God. To...

Older Death List -- Accordion

2016 Deacon James R. Sanford , class of 1986, died...

Diaconal Service Opportunities -- Web Content

The Office of the Diaconate provides a variety of resources to help deacons and their families grow spiritually. Please click on one of the pages to the left or click below to learn more about...