The purpose of the Deacon School is for the preparation of those who have gone through the diocesan discernment process and been approved as postulants to the diaconate (ordination as vocational deacons). The Dean is the Rev. Mary Trainor.
The role of the permanent deacon is to be a servant minister, symbolizing the servanthood of Christ. Each deacon, therefore, is involved in one or more community ministries. The deacon is to bring the needs of the world to the church, and necessarily therefore is out in the world for most of his/her ministry. The School is a two year school consisting of
As deacons have a particular role as servant ministers, the curriculum reflects this perspective. All students take part in assisting at Eucharist services and in leading and assisting at the Evening or Morning Prayer services. Students also learn to preach. Homiletics, a Liturgical Practicum, Theological Reflection, Prayer Book Studies, Bible Studies, Anglican Theology and Church History classes are required during the two years.