Here you will find the latest news and information pertaining to the Deacons and the Office of the Diaconate here in the Diocese of Orlando. Be sure to check back often for updates.

The Permanent Diaconate Office is a diocesan office of the Bishop committed to serving the diverse needs of the local diaconate community. The Primary purpose is to provide for the support and supervision of the Deacon’s ministerial life in the local church, and the formation of permanent Deacons. The office offers guidance to deacons in their ministry, provides assistance for their continuing formation and spiritual growth, supports individual deacons and their families, and encourages and promotes the diaconate community.

In addition, it also provides an approval process for deacons moving into the diocese who apply for faculties and a parish assignment. The office plans and supervises the diaconate formation program, identifies and screens applicants, evaluates their individual formation, assists in developing a foundation for their individual ministries, accepts candidates, and then presents them to the Bishop for ordination.

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate, June 10, 2017

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate, June 10, 2017 from Diocese of Orlando on Vimeo.



The Diaconate Office hours are:

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Office Staff

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Director of Permanent Diaconate
Email: dgray@orlandodiocese.org
Phone: (407) 246-4878


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Deacon John Rumplasch
Director of Formation
Email: deaconjohnr1@aol.com



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Deacon Paul Volkerson
Associate Director of Externs/Administration
Email: pvolkerson@stcharlesorlando.org



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Christine Shields
Administrative Assistant
Email: cshields@orlandodiocese.org
Phone: (407) 246-4898

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Diocese of Orlando
Office of the Permanent Diaconate
P.O. Box 1800
Orlando, FL 32802-1800

Street Address:
Diocese of Orlando
Office of the Permanent Diaconate
50 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Here is a video about the Office of the Permanent Diaconate.

Light of Christ – Permanent Diaconate from Diocese of Orlando on Vimeo.