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Deacon ordination invitations?

I got an email today from a reader asking a question that pops up from time to time in the deacon world: “Are you aware of any websites that have text for Diaconate Ordination invitations?”

Actually…no. The question came up three years ago for my own ordination, and no one in the diocese had an answer — let alone, a template for us to follow. Every candidate was left to choose, design and create his own invitations for the event. For myself, I found some priest ordination invitations, and adapted one of them accordingly. I post the results below. 
Like a wedding invitation, different people may have different tastes.  This worked for me. 

I ended up buying some 5×7 Crane stationary at Kate’s Papierie, and printing them myself at home. It took some trial and error to get the margins and formatting right. (I also changed the time of the ordination.  It was actually 10 am.  But I didn’t want people showing up late!) 


Also: are you looking for a nice gift for a new deacon?  One of the most meaningful gifts I received was this invitation, matted and beautifully framed.  It hangs in our front hallway — a frequent reminder of the blessed day I received this sacrament. 

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posted September 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

The Printery House at Conception Abbey in Conception, MO would be able to help deacons with invitations and other printing needs. The website is

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posted September 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

Dear Greg,
I would change only one thing: The ordination was not to the order of “permanent deacon”; such an order does not exist under that name. There is only one order of “deacon”. There actually no such thing as a “transitional” or “permanent” deacon. It’s simply “deacon” (and by definition, ALL deacons are permanently deacons). “Permanent deacon” is redundant at best, even if the deacon involved is later ordained to the presbyterate or episcopate.
I know you know this; I just want to be helpful to others who might just want to copy your original text.
God bless,

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posted September 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Deacon Bill beat me to the comment I was about to make. Our parish newsletter now has a listing of ministers including “transitional deacon X” and “permanent deacon Y.” I need to speak to the Parish Administrator about this.

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posted September 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Our class was given a number of files (MS Word, PDF) the previous years’ deacon graduates had produced. There were a number of variations that could be emulated.
I put together my own which I printed at home using off-the-shelf invitation stock and envelopes, and it seemed to work out pretty well. If anyone is interested I have the files online in PDF format at, and anyone who can make use of them is welcome to do so.
God bless

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