Permanent Diaconate Office


“Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  Moreover, they should be tested first; then, if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.  Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers, but temperate and faithful in everything.  Deacons may be married only once and must manage their children and their households well.  Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

# Diaconate Ordination 2012


Deacon David L. Gray
Director, Permanent Diaconate
(407) 246-4878
Deacon John Rumplash
Assistant Director of Formation

Deacon Pat McAvoy
President, Deacon Council

Christine Shields
Administrative Assistant
(407) 246-4898

The Diaconate Office hours are:

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

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

Diaconate Deanery Leads:
North Central – Deacon Norm Levesque
South Central – Deacon Tom BreaudWest – Deacon Jim Spindler
East – Deacon Mike Pettit
North – Deacon Dan Pallo
South – Deacon Joe Gassman

Prayer for Deacons

Sts. Stephen, Lawrence and Francis of Assisi are patron saints of the diaconate community. St. Stephen, the protomartyr, was among the first deacons of the Church, martyred for his bold proclamation of the truth of Jesus Christ. St. Lawrence, who was martyred in the 3rd century, was a deacon in Rome known for his care and concern for the poor. St. Francis of Assisi, founder of all Franciscan orders, was an ordained deacon. His prayer is a central part of diaconal charism.

Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.