“Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy
Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which
configures them to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all.” -CCC
Diaconate Intellectual Formation Program
About the Program:
The Neuhoff School of Ministry provides the academic component of deacon formation
for the dioceses of Dallas, Tyler, and Shreveport. The academic class schedule follows
the guidelines for diaconate formation laid out by the Congregation for Catholic Education
and the USCCB, and is supplemented by spiritual formation, provided by the dioceses.
The academic program is also available in Spanish, for those dioceses who see that
need as well.
Candidates for the diaconate can pursue the academic component of their formation
through the Master of Theological Studies program. This decision is made in consultation with the director of their diocese's
permanent deacon formation program.
How to Participate:
For more information on the Deacon Formation Program of the Neuhoff School of Ministry,
especially on how your diocese could participate, contact us. We would be happy to provide more information on the opportunities available for
His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.
During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.
From the time he was in fourth grade, Bishop Francis Malone, BA '74 MA '77 MDiv '77, knew he was going to be a priest. As he was serving Mass in his home parish, Malone heard God's call, loud and clear.