Office of the Permanent Diaconate

Director: Father Gary Pennings, V.G. 
(913) 721-1570, ext. 155

Associate Director:  Father Gregory Hammes  

Pastoral Associate for Administration:
Mr. Leon Suprenant   (913) 721-1570

Links to more information:

Frequently Asked Questions About Deacons

Deacon Directory

Divorced Applicants

Age for Ordination

USCCB Diaconate information


7 Habits of Highly Effective Deacon Candidates
- by Leon Suprenant

 Deacon article from "The Leaven" 
- by Leon Suprenant 

Homily from St. Lawrence Day Mass
 - by Deacon Jim Lavin

For questions on the diaconate, 

Ordination of Permanent Deacons 2009

Ordination of 17 Permanent Deacons
April 9, 2011 
(Photos courtesy of The Leaven)

Upcoming Events:

  • October 24-26 - Deacon Retreat with Deacon Jim Keating
  • November 7-9 - Candidate formation weekend
  • November 8 - Continuing education for Deacons
  • December 5-7 - Candidate formation weekend
  • February 7, 2015 - Continuing education event John Errante will provide a deacon ministry workshop.  
  • March 7, 2015 -  Morning of recollection for wives with Catholic Scripture Study founder and CEO Gail Buckley 


Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. . . . Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. . . . And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.    
                –Acts 8:26-40

Please pray for the following men who continue their formation as Candidates to the Permanent Diaconate:

Joe Allen
Dave Cresswell
Mike Denning
Dean Gilbert
Steve Lemons
Mike Moffitt
Nicholas Moragues

Marcos Navarro
Phillip Nguyen
Stephen Nguyen
Timothy Ruoff
Bill Scholl
Ralph Schramp
Chris Slater
Bradley Sloan
John Stanley
Leon Suprenant
Steve White
Ron Zishka

"Dedicated to duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the admonition of Blessed Polycarp: 'Be merciful, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all.'"

--Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, no. 29 (1964)

News Deacon class to begin in 2015

The Archdiocese will begin accepting applications in December 2014 for entrance into the next deacon cohort. Formal training will begin in September 2015.
Those wishing to apply must first attend an information night this fall. If you are potentially interested in serving the Church as a deacon, click here to complete this online form.
INFORMATION NIGHTS (all begin @ 7pm):

  • Oct. 6, Blessed Sacrament, Kansas City
  • Oct. 15, Prince of Peace Church, Olathe
  • Oct. 23, Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, Topeka
  • Oct. 28, Holy Trinity, Paola
  • Nov. 5, Sts. Peter and Paul, Seneca
  • Nov. 10, Sacred Heart, Emporia
  • Jan. 26, Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City (begins at 6:30pm)

View our new Diaconate Brochure:


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