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Permanent deacons perform a vital ministry in parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons, and many other areas of service to the region. 

Permanent deacons perform a vital ministry in parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons, and many other areas of service to the region. 

A COMMUNITY OF FAITH

School of Diaconal Formation

Permanent deacons perform a vital ministry in parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons, and many other areas of service to the region. 

“The Diaconate Program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has given me new confidence to share my faith and to really bring Jesus to whoever I meet. You’re in this program together with the same group of guys, and the wives study with us as well. You form an incredible bond. We attend various retreats, weekend workshops, where we share stories; we laugh together and cry together when things aren’t going well. It’s really made me stronger in my faith.

Christ wants us to be in this together – a community. To see other people who share the same beliefs as I do gives me strength. We will all be sent out to evangelize, to bring people back to the faith or to help strengthen their faith. So that’s what we’re preparing for at St. Charles. The journey where we’re sent out just as Jesus sent out the first disciples, to spread the Word of God. I think it’s vital that the Diaconate Program students are well-formed and well-educated in faith."

Hank Fila

“There was no question in my mind that my husband, Hank, was a perfect candidate for the Diaconate Program. I know him so well, and his decision to be part of this program was no surprise to me. It was just a path that I saw him going down. As Hank has gone through this program, I’ve watched him grow not only in his knowledge, but grow in his love for God even more. And I didn’t think he could have more of a love for Jesus Christ. He surprises me because he keeps growing and reaching for more. And I also see this amazing confidence that he has in this journey. Not a shadow of a doubt that this is where he needs to be."

Barrie Fila

  • Since its beginning in 1969, the School of Theological Studies has awarded 1,085 Master of Arts in Theology degrees to lay men and women, priests, and religious, as well as hundreds of undergraduate certificates.
  • The School of Theological Studies is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States with more than 300 students enrolled in its various programs.
  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta, recently canonized by Pope Francis, and Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN, both received honorary degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for their service and devotion to the Church.
  • The Catechetical Institute prepares highly trained elementary school and PREP teachers to educate the youth of our faith community, and the Church Ministry Institute prepares students for lay ministry leadership positions in their parishes and dioceses.