Continuing Formation for Deacons


The continuing formation of deacons ... must be seen in continuity with the divine call to serve the Church in the ministry and with the initial formation given to deacons, to the extent that these are considered two initial moments in a single, living, process of Christian and diaconal life.

Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons: Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons #63

Saint Meinrad offers various opportunities for ongoing formation for deacons. In addition to graduate-level theology courses and degrees, we offer several certificate programs.

Specialization Certificates: Deacons seeking further formation for particular ministries in the Church can benefit from focused study in different areas, including Church history, ethics and moral theology, liturgical and sacramental theology, pastoral studies, Scripture, spirituality, and systematic theology. Learn More

Certificate in Spiritual Direction:This prepares you to offer this important ministry of accompaniment and guidance. As bridge figures in the Church, some ordained deacons may be uniquely situated to become gifted directors.  Learn More

Certificates in Reflective Practice:  Those involved in ministry can benefit from ministry supervision. This certificate program provides an opportunity for supervision with emphasis on preaching or pastoral care. Learn More

For more information, contact Director of Continuing Formation Agnes Kovacs, at