Programs of Study

Diaconate Formation

St. Francis School of Theology for Deacons

(a division of St. John Vianney Seminary)


After the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI formally implemented the renewal of the diaconate, which is an ordained ministry for men (married or single) who are called to serve the Church. The Archdiocese of Denver provides for the formation of men in preparation for ordination. Ordination is followed with a formal appointment by the Archbishop to diaconal ministry. Formation and ministry adhere to the requirements defined in the “National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and life of Permanent Deacons in the United States.”

The purpose of diaconate formation is to assist a man who might feel God is calling him to the Sacred Order of Deacon.

Diaconate formation will assist him in prayerfully discerning and validating such a call. The spiritual, intellectual, human and pastoral growth of those in formation is structured and administered according to the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (NDFMPD).

Formation is taught in one of two language tracks, English or Spanish.


Deacon Joseph Donohoe

Director of Deacon Personnel

Deacon Mark Salvato

Director of Formation