Permanent Diaconate

Deacons compose the first of the three orders of ordained ministry. They are called to a ministry of service, working with priests and bishops to build up the Body of Christ. Learn more about the permanent diaconate in the links below.

The Diocese is calling forth men who are interested in service to the Church as a Permanent Deacon.  The formation of permanent deacons is a five-year program.  The first year allows interested men to meet and have the opportunity to ask questions.   At the conclusion of the first year, application is made for the Aspriancy Year through which formal discernment and academic preparation is made.  The next three years are spent in spiritual, emotional, and academic formation toward diaconal ordination.  For those men who are interested, the application process for the next group of permanent deacons will begin approximately June 2019.

If you are a male age 35 – 60 and are interested in the permanent diaconate, you might wish to begin discussion with your pastor, and personal reflection on the following qualities sought in a deacon candidate:

  • emotional maturity, personal integrity, appropriate self- knowledge
  • demonstrate a personal commitment to grow in Christian holiness/an active prayer life/participation in the Eucharistic and Sacramental life of the Church
  • generosity for service already being demonstrated (active in some parish ministry)
  • good physical and psychological health (both candidate and wife, if married)
  • ability to work in a team / works well with people
  • clearly demonstrates an ability and willingness to lead
  • good communication skills (both as a speaker and as a listener)
  • ability to speak publicly and proclaim the Gospel effectively
  • acceptance by the Christian community as evidenced by his ministry in the parish
  • he must show an acceptance and personal commitment to the teaching of the Church

Permanent Deacons share with other ordained members of the Church a dedication to serve God’s people through the proclamation of the Word, administration of the Sacraments, the offering of Worship to God through Christ, the service of the poor and the faithful of Christ. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has seen even more clearly that the deacon is called to serve the Bishop, and his Priests, by becoming more intimately associated with, and involved in the life of the poor, the marginalized, the forgotten, the abandoned, the silent, and the voiceless. The deacon is asked to give his voice to the poor so that their concerns may be heard by the whole Church, especially the Bishop. Intimately united to the ministry of the Bishop and the Priests they are called to serve the Church, giving their lives in service to their brothers and sisters, the People of God.


Deacon Heriberto Rodriguez, Director
Diocese of Owensboro, 600 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301
270-265-5263 | heriberto.rodriguez@pastoral.org

Fr. Ray Goetz, Director of Formation for the Diaconate Program
St. Alphonsus Parish, 7925 State Route 500, Owensboro, KY 42301
270-229-4164 | ray.goetz@pastoral.org

Fr. Julio Barrera, Director of Formation for Hispanic Candidates
Sts. Joseph and Paul Parish, 609 E 4th Street, Owensboro, KY 42303
270-683-5641 | julio.barrera@pastoral.org