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National Organizations

There are seven national organizations devoted to the diaconate which have developed over the past twenty plus years, each in response to a perceived need. The presidents of the Associations are available to provide counsel to the members of the Bishops' Committee for the Diaconate and provide resources for programs and projects.

The National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD) promotes communication and the exchange of information and resources among deacon directors, vicars for deacons, and others responsible for the formation of candidates and the ongoing development of deacons in the United States. It seeks to develop professional expertise among members though research, dialogue, formation and self-evaluation procedures. NADD proposes ways and means for effective implementation of solutions of national and regional issues relating to the diaconate. The Association was founded in 1976 and is incorporated in the State of Illinois. Its National Office was moved from Rockford to Columbus in 2008 at the invitation of the Institute for the Formation and Ministry of the Permanent Diaconate at the Pontifical College Josephinum.

ContactDeacon Raphael Duplechain
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Office of Diaconate
7887 Walmsley Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

Deacon Thomas R. Dubois, MPS
Executive Director
7625 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43235

National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education (NDICE) began in 1974 to provide a national center for continuing education and spiritual formation of deacons and wives of deacons. The Institute is located on the campus of Notre Dame University (Indiana), within the University's Center for Continuing Education. It convenes annually, usually at the end of July and/or the first week of August. The Institute is incorporated under the laws of Illinois.

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