The Council of the Permanent Diaconate of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
This Council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Worship, Pastoral and Faith Development
Mgr Dermot Farrell
(National Director of the Permanent Diaconate)
Dunboyne, Co Meath
Tel: +353 (0)1 825 5342
Fr Michael Duignan
(Coordinator of the Formation Programme)
Tel: +353 (0)71-916 2670
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In 2001 the Irish Episcopal Conference received permission from the Holy See to proceed with the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland. In 2005 approval was received for the document The Permanent Diaconate: National Directory and Norms for Ireland and this document was subsequently published by the Irish Bishops.
In March 2009 the Bishops appointed a national training authority under the chairmanship of Bishop Donal McKeown to approve and monitor formation for permanent deacons in this country. This body ensures that the preparation of candidates for ordination to the diaconate is in keeping with the expectations of the Church.
Fr William Bermingham, Parochial House, Blarney, Co Cork
Cork and Ross
Canon Bertie O’Mahony, Cork Road, Carrigaline, Co Cork
Te;: 021 4371684.
Fr John Byrne, 38-40 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1AT
Tel: 048-3026 2586
Tel: 071 9162670
Tel: 068 46107
Tel: 045 434 069
Tel: 048 6634 8250
Tel: 051 372 257