Interested in Becoming a Deacon?

Applicants to the program are men of faith and compassion who have demonstrated a willingness to serve their parishes, diocesan agencies and secular communities, and who show particular sensitivity to social justice.

• Be at least 35 years of age and no older than 65 years at the time of ordination.
• Should be of sound moral character with an active spiritual and prayerful life.
• If married, should be in a stable, canonically valid marriage for at least five years with no discernable family issues.
• Have the full consent of his wife. She should possess the kind of Christian moral character that supports his vocation, and be willing to participate in those activities where her presence is required.
• Be fully initiated into the Catholic Church for at least three years.
• Be recommended by their pastor and have the support of the pastoral staff.
• Have a record of service to the parish and to the community.
• Employment history and financial status should be secure.
• Be in good physical and mental health, free from addictions.
• Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
• Be an active parish member for 3 years and complete a period of Inquiry OR have completed two years of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program.
• If divorced, shall have a decree for at least three years and be ready to apply for an annulment.
• If single, must be willing to commit to a lifetime of celibacy at the time of ordination.
• Reside in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and be a permanent legal resident of the United States.
• Grant permission for a background check and undergo routine psychological testing.
• Willing to present all required documentation.

If you would like more information, please contact the Office of the Diaconate at (727)341-6826, or email at