Archbishop's Appeal

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

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What is a Deacon?


A man who has been called forth to live the Christian life visibly. He is an ordained person living in the lifestyle of the laity.

The Deacon's service is threefold; service of the Word, service of the altar and service of charity. He usually serves the community in which he resides in. Like Bishops and Priests, the Deacon is a member of the clergy, but he has a distinct role. Bishops, aided by Priests, preside over and govern the particular local churches. The role of the Deacon is to be a helper of Bishops and Priests in service to the People of God, proclaiming by his very life the Church's call to serve the needs of others.

Well over 90 percent of Deacons are married. Thus the typical Deacon attempts to balance three priorities in his life: the responsibility of Husband and father, his job or profession by which he earns a living or supplements retirement income and his ministry as an ordained Deacon. The springboard of service and spirituality for most Deacons is his lifelong commitment to his wife in the Sacrament of Matrimony. A number of Deacons are single men and widows.

2025 Application for the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program

2025 solicitud al programa de Diaconado

Guidelines for Aspirancy Years and Candidacy

Policy Handbook for the Permanent Diaconate