Permanent Diaconate Program

Endowment Fund

The Diaconate Program Endowment Fund will provide support to the Diocese of El Paso for the continuing spiritual and academic formation of permanent deacons. Deacons participate actively in the liturgy as they baptize, witness marriages, preach, expose the Blessed Sacrament, and assist priests in the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Current Value

About this Fund

The Permanent Diaconate Program in the Diocese of El Paso was originally established by Bishop Sidney M. Metzger in 1973 and then reconstituted in January 2004 by Bishop Armando X. Ochoa. Formation for the permanent diaconate is a four-year program. It includes a year of discernment and three years of candidacy consisting of formation seminars, academic courses, annual retreats, and parish assignments. This fund provides support to the Diocese of El Paso for the continuing spiritual and academic formation of permanent deacons. 

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Through their diaconate ministry, they preach the word of God during Mass and other liturgical celebrations, preparing couples for marriage, and even witnessing the sacrament of matrimony, as well as preparing parents and sponsors for the baptism of their children and performing the sacrament of baptism.

  • 31
    Permanent Deacons Active in Diocese of El Paso
  • $17,600
    Average Cost of Diaconate Program

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2021

15th Annual Foundation of Faith Event: Ignite Your Hearts

We are going VIRTUAL in 2021 with the dynamic Mark Hart and musical guest Israel Houghton! The event will be live streamed on YouTube. Going virtual means that we can reach more people, raise more funds to support this great mission, and you get to have more fun!

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As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

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Monthly Giving

Monthly giving can be a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support for our Catholic community. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people and parishes that are helped by the ministries and charities of the Diocese of El Paso.

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Legacy & Planned Giving

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