Permanent Diaconate

The Council of the Permanent Diaconate of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

This Council comes under the Council for Clergy under the Episcopal Commission for Worship, Pastoral and Faith Development

Contact Details

Chairperson Council for the Clergy
Bishop Raymond Browne
Bishop’s House
Killarney 
Co Kerry
Tel: 064-6631168
Email: [email protected] 

Liaison Bishop to the Permanent Diaconate
Bishop Michael Duignan

National Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Fr Edward McGee
120 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, BT14 6LA.
Tel. 0044 78111 44268
Email: [email protected]

National Co-Ordinator of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate
Fr Brian Kavanagh
St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 TW77.
Tel. 01 708 3600
Email: [email protected]

National Training Authority for the Permanent Diaconate
The National Training Authority (NTA) reviews and approves and monitors any formation course intended to prepare candidates for the permanent diaconate in Ireland in accordance with the National Directory and Norms for the Permanent Diaconate. The chairperson of the NTA, Bishop Ray Browne, is appointed by the IEC.

Diocesan Directors / Formators of the Permanent Diaconate Focus Group
The Diocesan Directors of the Permanent Diaconate and Diocesan Formators of the Permanent Diaconate meet regularly with Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop Michael Duignan, the National Director and the National Co-ordinator of Formation in order to consider issues in relation to the formation and ongoing ministry of permanent deacons. The meetings are chaired by the National Director of the Permanent Diaconate.

Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Representatives Focus Group
Bringing together various representatives from all those dioceses who have permanent deacons in ministry, this focus group meets regularly with Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop Michael Duignan, the National Director and the National Co-ordinator of Formation in order to examine issues in relation to the ongoing formation, ministry and support of permanent deacons. The focus group is chaired by Bishop Ray Browne.

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About
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. These norms were approved for a further five years in 2011.

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