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Diaconate Formation Program

Permanent Diaconate Office
Saint Joseph's Seminary
201 Seminary Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10704-1896

Director of Diaconate Formation
Deacon Francis Orlando
Tel: 914-367-8270
Fax: 914.376.9132

Director of Ministry and Life
Deacon James Anthony Bello
Tel: 914-367-8269
Fax: 914.376.9132

Administrative Assistant
Sr. Patricia Graham

Visit our Diaconate Formation website: www.nydfp.org

Mission Statement

Committed to the work begun by Jesus, the deacon is ordained to the ministry of service. He is a sign of Christ's love and concern for all who are in need - especially the widowed, orphans, the infirm, the elderly, prisoners, couples, teenagers, and all who are in need of the loving and serving heart of Christ.

The aspirant begins formation in a small, intimate, caring environment where the dignity of the individual is valued. The aspirant and candidate pursue a spiritual, theological, and pastoral four-year formation program which integrates the aforementioned aspects of formation and assists him to: