Office of the Permanent Diaconate

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is charged by the Bishop with directing all programs related to the ministry of the Deacon in the Diocese of Wilmington. Its primary responsibilities are twofold: 1) the assignment, evaluation, and continuing formation of ordained permanent deacons, and 2) the selection as well as the intellectual, spiritual, human, and pastoral formation of aspirants and candidates for the Permanent Diaconate.

The Deacon Formation Program is currently under review and revision. We estimate Inquiry Nights being held in September and October of 2023, the Discernment Period starting in January of 2024, and the first year of Candidate Formation starting in September of 2024.

If you think you would like to become a Deacon, please email us to be placed on the notification list for the Inquiry Nights.

Deacon Formation Program

Permanent Deacons

Deacon Philip A. Belt, Director
Diocese of Wilmington
1626 N. Union Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19806
Phone: (302) 573-239
Fax: (302) 573-6994
Email: [email protected]