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Welcome to the Permanent Diaconate section of the Westminster Vocations website.

Since the earliest days of the Church, men ordained as Deacon by the Bishop of his diocese has served the Church in a three-fold ministry:

  • The Ministry of Charity
  • The Ministry of the Word
  • The Ministry of the Altar

As well as parish ministry, deacons are engaged in a variety of other ministries, including school, prison and hospital chaplaincy.

A man considering a vocation as a Permanent Deacon will have the support of their parish priest,  be actively engaged in the life of their own parish, and already be involved in works of service and exercising some leadership roles within this community.

Here you will find a series of articles and reflections, testimonies and practical “What next...” features – all aimed to help those discerning a possible calling to this particular vocation within the Church.

If you would like to know more about the Permanent Diaconate or are considering a vocation, then we we will be pleased to hear from you.

Contact: Deacon Adrian Cullen - Director

07961 594725


May 2022

Permanent Diaconate - 'Come & See' - 21st May 2022

The Permanent Deacon is a man who serves the Church through ministry of Word, Altar and Charity, under the direction of the Bishop and Priest.  For men who may be interested in learning more about the Permanent Diaconate,  they are invited to a 'Come & See' Morning on Saturday 21st May,  10am - 12noon at Church of The Guardian Angels, 377 Mile End Road, E3 4QS..  For further information see contact Deacon Adrian Cullen  or 07961 594725 


For further information click on the following links:

Permanent Diaconate in Westminster

What is a Deacon?

Application and Formation

Ordinations - July 2021

Candidacy and Ministries - December 2020

Pope Francis - To the Permanent Deacons of Rome - June 2021

50 Years of Permanent Diaconate 1971-2021