FALL RIVER — Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has authorized the formation of a new class of Permanent Deacons beginning in the diocese in September 2022. 

A series of Information Nights will be held in the months to come. Zoom sessions will be held on Saturday, February 19; Monday, March 21; and May 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In person sessions will be held on Monday, June 27, and Sunday, August 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required and may be completed on the Permanent Deacon website. All the sessions cover the same material. If interested in learning more about the process for becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Fall River, please join one these Information Nights by registering on the website — frpermanentdiaconate.com. 

Those interested in pursuing a vocation to the diaconate, scheduled to begin the Aspirancy phase in September 2022, are invited to submit a preliminary application and a letter of support from their pastor. The deadline for submitting these materials to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate is August 1.  Additional details and the preliminary application are available on the website.

If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Frank Lucca or Rev Robert Oliveira, Co-Directors of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at office@frpermanentdiaconate.com  or contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at 508-990-0341.