The Deacon Convocation is scheduled for January 9 to 11, 2015 at Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic. We are pleased to have Catholic Relief Services presenting a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching and how deacons can help promote the solidarity with the global community.
Announcement: Restoration of Permanent Diaconate Formation Program
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, has issued a pastoral statement, Diakonia: Instrument of God’s Own Charity, which restores the deacon formation program in the Diocese of Norwich. Although the diocesan formation program was suspended in 2007, now, after significant study and consultation concerning the role of the permanent deacon in the Church, and in the Diocese of Norwich specifically, Bishop Cote has reinstated the formation program for permanent deacons.
Together with the release of this pastoral statement, Bishop Cote announced the appointment of Deacon Douglas A. Hoffman as the Director of Permanent Deacon Personnel. As the Director of Permanent Deacon Personnel, Deacon Hoffman will assist Very Reverend Dennis M. Perkins, the Vicar for Clergy, in ministering to the needs of the permanent deacons.
Deacon Hoffman succeeds Deacon Michael C. Berstene who has served in that position since June 2002. Bishop Cote joins with the Deacons of the Diocese in thanking Deacon Michael C. Berstene for his ten years of faithful service as Director of Permanent Deacon Personnel.
The Diocese of Norwich has benefited greatly from the restoration of the permanent diaconate to the whole Church, and now looks forward to further securing the valued service of dedicated deacons in the Diocese.
The restoration of the diocesan deacon formation program and the appointment of the new director are effective on June 9, 2012, the feast of St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the Church.
N.B. Diakonia: Instrument of God’s Own Charity will be available on the Diocesan Website on Monday, June 11, 2012.