Current Events

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Vicariate IV Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
9 a.m.
Deacons and wives invited to meet with Bishop John Manz at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 4646 N. Austin Ave. Chicago, IL


Vicariate VI Meeting
Tuesday, November 5
6:30 p.m.
Deacon and wives are invited to meet with Bishop Joseph Perry at St. Katherine Drexel Parish, 9015 S. Harper Ave., Chicago.  

Conversations About Vocation and the Diaconate
FALL 2019

Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
St. Monica, Chicago, Vicariate II
Meet: 4631 North Laramie
Ambassadors: Deacon Pat and Julie Brenner
Contact: 773.809.2397

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
St. Emily, Mount Prospect, Vicariate I
Hajdu Hall
Ambassadors: Melissa Hajdu, Deacon Dan and Laura Georgen
Contact: 847.824.5049,

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
St. Bede the Venerable, Chicago, Vicariate V
Church Hall
Ambassadors: Deacon Guillermo and Silvia Tejeda
Contact: 773.704.5935,

Sunday, October 27 at 12 p.m., following 11 a.m. mass
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge, Vicariate II
Ambassadors: Deacon Kevin and Gysel Blindauer

Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m., following 12 p.m. mass
St. Lambert, Skokie
School Building, Room 103
Ambassadors: Deacon Chick O’Leary, Deacon David and Le Pham

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows, Vic. III
Meet: 723 Thatcher, River Forest
Ambassadors: Deacon Jim & Kim Norman

Sunday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m., after 11:15 a.m. mass
St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek, Vic. I
Meet: Parish Center, Rm. 118
Ambassadors: Deacon Dan amd Noelle Moore, Deacon Dan and Joanne Coughlin

Sunday, November 17 at 11 a.m., after 10 a.m. mass, meet in narthex
St. Gabriel, Chicago, Vicariate III
Ambassadors: Deacon Rob and Janel Morris


Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m., after 9:30 a.m. mass, meet in narthex
St. Damian, Oak Forest, Vicariate V
Ambassadors: Deacon Rich and Laura Korepanow

Wednesday January 22 at 7 p.m.
St. Bede the Venerable, Chicago, Vicariate V
Church Hall
Ambassadors: Deacon Guillermo and Silvia Tejeda
Contact: 773.704.5935,

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 III
November 6, 7:30 p.m.
St. Aloysius
1510 North Claremont Avenue, Chicago
Meeting will be held in Gonzaga Hall.

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.

Events - Sectional Content

OCTOBER Vicariate IV Meeting Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 9 a.m. Deacons and wives invited to meet with Bishop John Manz at St. Robert Bellarmine Church,...

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...

Recent Deaths in Our Community - Sectional Content

2019   Marguerite Olson , wife of deceased Deacon Carl Olson, class of 1978, died Aug. 25. 2019 Cecilia Carrera , wife of Deacon...

Deacons Hero Banner

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

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...

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...

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...

Retreat Schedule of the Year - Sectional Content

2019:  September 27 – 29: Spanish deacon couples Director: Rev. Rene Mena October 11 – 13: Deacon couples Director: Msgr. John Canary ...

Contact Us -- Sectional Content

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

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...

Black Deacons Group -- Web Content

The Chicago Black Catholic Deacons and their wives are a resource for peace and justice, making Christ visible in the Archdiocese of Chicago with a focus on the Black communities in Chicago. ...

Faith and Fellowship -- Web Content

Faith and Fellowship is a project to assist those with mental disabilities to participate in a Catholic community of faith by offering both socializing and prayer opportunities. For more...

Emmaus Ministries -- Web Content

Founded in 1990 by Deacon John Green, Emmaus Ministries is an ecumenical outreach of Roman Catholics and Evangelical Christians to men caught in prostitution. Emmaus staff and volunteers reach...