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New Directory for Formation in England and Wales

The Directory for the Formation of Permanent Deacons in England and Wales has been published by the Bishops’ Conference. This document operates within the parameters on the 1998 Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons and the Directory for Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons.

The foreward written by the Rt. Rev. Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough says

“Over the past years, the Permanent Diaconate has become a rich part of ordered ministry within the dioceses and parishes of England and Wales. This ministry is rooted in God’s Word, the Sacramental life of the Church gathered at the Altar, and lived out in the virtue of Charity.

The Introduction to this Directory states:

This Directory is now to be used in order to guide ongoing work to make the permanent diaconate an integral part of the life of the Catholic Church in England and Wales for the benefit of us all as we strive to witness to the Gospel in our countries.

I wish to thank, on behalf of the Bishops, those who have contributed to the writing of this Directory, especially Fr Ashley Beck, Mgr Paul McPartlan, Fr Bernard Massey and Fr John Watts, and those others who have helped with the drafting of the final text, especially Fr Michael Cooke and Fr Paul Embery and members of the Bishops’ Committee for Ministerial Formation.

We pray that the good work that has begun will, through God’s grace, be brought to fulfillment.”

You can download the directory here [1].