the permanent diaconate formation program


The Archdiocese of Winnipeg offers a Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. The diaconate is a distinct order within the Church and is open to both single and married men as a permanent ministry. “The permanent diaconate manifests, through its threefold ministry of Word, Liturgy and Charity a preferential love for the poor, and so serves as both exemplar and animator for the Church’s own baptismal mission of compassion and loving service (diakonia) in the world.” Aspiring applicants are asked to contact the Director of Permanent Diaconate Formation, Deacon Doug Cross,  

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"The deacon's ministry is meant to be a 'driving force' for the Church's ministry of service. By ordination the deacon is configured to Christ in his servant role and is meant to be a living sign of the servant hood of his Church." - Pope John Paul II


2018 Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate
Archdiocese of Winnipeg




Rev. Mark Filips
Archdiocese of Winnipeg


Deacon Doug Cross 
Director, Archdiocese of St. Boniface

Deacon Jim Frater
Archdiocese of St. Boniface

Deacon Gilles Lorteau
Archdiocese of Winnipeg

Deacon Michael Thibert
Archdiocese of Winnipeg