Diaconate Conference


International Anglican-Roman Catholic Conference on the Diaconate
Regina, Saskatchewan,

Where: Campion Collegeat the University of Regina
When: May 10-13, 2018
Cost: $250 standard
Registration Deadline: TBA. 

  • This is primarily an academic conference about the diaconate, reflecting recent scholarship, rather than a gathering of deacons – although of course deacons are particularly welcome!  It is also an Anglican-Roman Catholic-Ukrainian Catholic conference, looking at the points of convergence as well as divergence of our Communions, in the context of the world-wide Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue (ARCIC), given renewed impetus by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury.  Conference co-chair Archbishop Donald Bolen is also co-chair of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).
  •  2018 is the 50th anniversary of the renewal of the Roman Catholic diaconate in the United States, following the motu proprio of Pope Paul VI in 1967, Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem.  The 1968 Lambeth Conference, the world-wide gathering of Anglican bishops every ten years, took a strong stand in favour of the distinctive diaconate.  The Episcopal Church in the USA was the first to implement this vision in the early 1970s, followed later in the decade by the Anglican Church of Canada.  With respect to the diaconate, Anglicans owe a lot to Vatican II and Paul VI – all the more reason for this conference!

Over the course of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, network with those in ministry and engage in eccumenical dialogue.

You can look forward to engaging on these topics:

  • The Theological Basis of the Diaconate 

  • The Conundrum of the Transitional Diaconate 

  • Women and the Diaconate 

  • The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity 

  • The Diaconate in the Orthodox and Eastern 
Catholic Churches 

  • The Prophetic Ministry of the Deacon 

  • The Deacon in the Worshipping Community 

  • Diaconal Formation 

  • Diaconal Relationships