RSVP to the Diaconate Convocation

Each year the diaconate community comes together in fellowship and support to renew their commitment to live a holy life as an Ordained Deacon focused on Christ and His Church.  This year, the convocation will be on October 7, 2017 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL. Deacons, please let us know if you and your spouse are able to attend:

Your first and last name:

Your email address:

Your phone number:

Your Parish:

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Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions?


For each deacon, his model par excellence is Jesus Christ, the Servant, who lived totally at the service of his Father, for the good of every person.  To live their ministry to the fullest, “deacons must know Christ intimately and so share the burdens of their ministry.”

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is a diocesan office of the Bishop committed to serving the diverse needs of the diocese, local parishes and their surrounding communities.  The primary purpose of this office is to provide support to the deacon’s ministerial life and the proper formation of permanent deacons.

  • Support. The office offers guidance to permanent deacons in their ministry of word, liturgy & charity, facilitates parish assignments and appointments, provides assistance and guidance for continuing formation and spiritual growth, supports individual deacons and their families, and encourages and promotes unity with the diaconate community and the priests.  The office further provides an approval process for deacons moving into the diocese who apply for faculties and parish assignment.
  • Formation. The office plans and supervises the diaconate formation program by assisting parish communities recruit potential candidates, screen & process applications, make recommendations to the Bishop for candidate acceptance, monitors candidates formation, and presents candidates to the Bishop for ordination.



The Diaconate Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Office Staff

Deacon Joe Gassman
Director of Permanent Diaconate


Deacon Paul Volkerson
Associate Director of Externs/Administration



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Christine Shields
Administrative Assistant
(407) 246-4898



Deanery Lead Deacons

Deacon German Romero, Central North Deanery


Deacon Rick Chabot, Central South Deanery


Deacon Mike Pettit, Eastern Deanery


Deacon Chuck Lee, Northern Deanery


Deacon Tom Flavell, Southern Deanery


Deacon Jim Spindler, Western Deanery



Deacon Joe & Elly Moran, Cohort 2020


Deacon Bill & Wendy Shelden, Cohort 2022


Deacon Eddie & Mariela Cruz, Cohort 2024


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.