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Welcome to, the website for Roman Catholic Permanent Deacons in the United Kingdom.

This website has grown out of the formation programme which is based at the diocesan seminary for Southwark and Arundel & Brighton. St John’s Seminary is located just outside the village of Wonersh near Guildford in Surrey.

The program draws diaconal students from the dioceses of

  • Arundel & Brighton
  • Brentwood
  • Cardiff
  • East Anglia
  • Northampton
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Southwark
  • Westminster

and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

This site contains information about the permanent diaconate in general, the formation of permanent deacons, the Divine Office and resources for current students.

This site is operated by Deacon Barry Chalkley from the Archdiocese of Southwark on behalf of the Inter Diocesan Committee