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.  Initially, interested men meet at specified dates and places in the diocese and have the opportunity to ask questions.  At the conclusion of this period, an interested man will continue and fill out the Eligibility Form.  The purpose of this form is to initiate the application/selection process and to access if the potential applicant meets the criteria for the diaconate such as age, residency, etc.  In addition, this form discloses if there are any canonical impediments to ordination.  If an interested man meets the criteria, application is then made for the Aspirancy Year which enables the aspirant to demonstrate the possibility of a diaconal vocation and an appropriate level of readiness for eventual selection into candidate formation.  The next four years are spent in candidate discernment and formation – the spiritual, emotional, and academic formation toward diaconal ordination.

For those men who are interested, applications for the next group of permanent deacons are being accepted now through May 29, 2021.

If you are a male age 30 – 60 and are interested in the permanent diaconate, you should begin a discussion with your pastor and personally reflect 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 (a physical issue does not necessarily disqualify an applicant) 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
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, PO Box 297, Guthrie, KY 42234
270-265-5263 | [email protected]

Deacon Paul Bachi, Assistant to the Director
St. Mark Parish, 302 Peachtree Lane, Eddyville, KY 42038
270-206-0512 | [email protected]

Fr. Ken Mikulcik, Director of Formation for the Diaconate Program
Sacred Heart Parish, 296 West 6th Street, Russellville, KY 42276
270-726-6963 | [email protected]

Fr. Julio Barrera, Director of Formation for Hispanic Candidates
Holy Redeemer Parish, 107 13th Street, Beaver Dam, KY 42320
270-274-3414 | [email protected]

Fr. Ray Goetz, Permanent Diaconate Liaison to Brescia University
Mount St. Joseph Chaplain
Part-time Lecturer of Theology at Brescia University
8112 Cummings Road, Owensboro, KY 42301
270-229-4164 | [email protected]