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Institute for Diaconal Studies

Recent Press Releases

February 2013

Aspirants to begin first academic endeavor

Mundelein, Il -- Cohort 2016 has been diligently pursuing ongoing vocation discerment these past five months and have been introduced to many theological categories which they will study in detail during the Candidate Path (three years). In the Spring Quarter, the aspirants will be introduced to their first academic endeavor by studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Please keep the aspirants in your daily prayers.


August 2012 - February 2013

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake website was under construction through January 2013.


June 2012

Congratulations Cohort 2012

Mundelein, Il—Cohort 2012 of the Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) were ordained to the diaconate on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, was principal celebrant, assisted by the auxiliary bishops of Chicago. Also concelebrating were Reverend Dennis J. Stafford, IDS Director of Spiritual Formation, and Reverend Michael Ahlstrom, Vicar for the Diaconate Community. IDS asks that you keep these men in your prayers as they enter ministry.

First assignments:

Deacon Jack Hermann—St. Mary, Lake Forest

Deacon Stuart Heyes—St. Cletus, La Grange

Deacon Mike Madison—Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights

Deacon Mike McManus—St. Thecla, Chicago

Deacon Bob Montelongo—St. Bruno, Chicago

Deacon Dan Moore—St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek

Deacon Jerry Nora—St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek

Deacon Bob Pasdiora—St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood

Deacon Ivan Siap—St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee


Aspirants prepare for next phase 

Mundelein, Il—Aspirants have concluded the academic portion of aspirancy with the completion of the ten-week Catechism course. The month of June will engage them in an integrating seminar, a review class of the fundamentals of Catholicism and a readiness assessment in preparation for meeting the Admission and Scrutinies Board for potential entrance to the Candidate Path. Please keep the aspirants in your prayers.


May 2012

Preparing for ordination

Mundelein, Il—Cohort 2012 of the Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) prepared for their upcoming ordination (May 25 at Holy Name Cathedral) by engaging a five-day retreat at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, Illinois. The Retreat Master was Fr. Michael Ahlstrom, Vicar for the Diaconate Community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The preached retreat sessions included presentations on the three-fold diaconal ministry of Word, Liturgy and Charity and their spiritual nature. There were also sessions on relationships, ministering beyond the parish, preparing for the spirituality of the second-half of life and the spirituality of marriage for deacons and wives. Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, also engaged the candidates and their wives in a lively dialogue that also included presentations by several candidates and wives. IDS asks that you keep these men in your prayers as they enter final preparations.


April 2012

IDS provides helpful “How to…” guides on their web site

Mundelein, Il—The Institute for Diaconal Studies is happy to announce that helpful “How to…” guides (PDF files) are easily accessible on the IDS web page. Included are Praying the Office, The Deacon at Mass, Deacon’s words (the words spoken by a deacon at liturgy) and Presiding (including baptism, wakes and committals. Go, click on Ministry Formation and click on Deacon Formation.


March 2012

Year 3 Candidates to pursue a final quarter of formation

Mundelein, Il—The finish line is fast approaching for Year 3 candidates. They have been busy concluding ‘practica’ sessions that enhance hands-on skills for celebrating Baptisms and the Sacrament of Matrimony, as well as assisting the priest at Sunday Mass. They will also engage a final formation event on Christian morality.


February 2012 

Year 1 Candidates update Spiritual Autobiography

Mundelein, Il— Year 1 candidates continue to grow spiritually in many diverse ways. This growth benefits the individual and the Church. Growth is tracked through personal assessments including an “Ongoing” spiritual autobiography that includes devotional and sacramental life, as well as obligatory (clergy) prayer and spiritual health. The Director of Spiritual Formation affirms, challenges and provides helpful suggestions to all participants. The candidate’s personal spiritual director is also a valuable resource for personal spiritual growth in relation to the affirmations and challenges presented.


January 2012

2012 Pope Gregory the Great Certificate of Merit

Mundelein, Il—Year 3 Candidate Daniel Moore received a certificate of merit for outstanding articulation and integration of the Service to Liturgy internship of the Archdiocese of Chicago Institute for Diaconal Studies. Candidate Moore will serve as the Deacon of the Eucharist at ordination in May 2012.

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