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The Office of the Permanent Diaconate would like to announce the start of a new Permanent Deacon Formation class beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Deacon Richard Mitchell, assistant director for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, is now taking contact information and fielding questions from men who may be interested in discerning this ministry.

If interested, contact Deacon Mitchell at (318) 445-6424, ext. 206 or email: dcnrmitchell@diocesealex.org.

In July, a group of clergy, a Sister and several lay leaders from our diocese joined me at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

Inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of The Gospel), this Convocation was a gathering of Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation focusing on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the many cultures of the United States more effectively and with Gospel joy.