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Institute for Diaconal Studies



The call to the Diaconate, like all Christian vocations, is from God. It is a call that may be beckoning you. To find out more about responding to this possible call, please contact your pastor or the Institute for Diaconal Studies.  IDS is available to assist you with your questions and concerns about the requirements and procedures.  Review each of the side-bar buttons to learn about the path to becoming a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Visit the Resources page to discover current and helpful information about diaconal formation. View upcoming dates for Exploring the Diaconate sessions.

What's Happening?

Upcoming Exploring the Diaconate Sessions

  • Feb. 4 at 7:30pm, USML, Mundelein 
  • Feb. 6 at 1:00pm, St. Ailbe, Chicago

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Exploring the Diaconate

Congratulations, 2015 Ordinandi!

Fifteen men were ordained to the permanent diaconate this May.  Read more in the Catholic New World.

Photo credit: Karen Callaway/Catholic New World

Congratulations, 2015 Ordinandi!

Application Deadline

Inquirers, be sure to submit your applications by May 1, 2016

Application Deadline

Inquirers want to know!

If you have felt the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit regarding a potential vocation but don't know where to turn, call Deacon Bob Puhala at
(847) 837-4564.

Inquirers Want to Know!
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