Local programs for spiritual and practical formation are woven together at the St. Phoebe School. While engaging in coursework through CALL @ CDSP, those preparing for the diaconate are also engaged in daily prayer, spiritual formation groups, service projects, local liturgical gatherings, in-person retreats and both virtual and face-to-face support. In addition, a full year internship with a local parish and/or community ministry help prepare our students for engaged ministry to the Church, in local context.


Students engage in daily prayer and spiritual enrichment through the Virtual Chapel of St. Phoebe. Retreats, local formation groups and quarterly liturgical events offer spiritual support and prayerful grounding in diaconal ministry.


Parish internships offer practical, hands-on experience with mentor deacons in a host parish setting during the final year of study. During parish internships, students meet to discuss their experiences and encourage each other’s growth.


Local formation involves groups gathered for prayer, for study, for planning and participating in liturgy, for mutual support and for mentoring. Spiritual, practical and relational formation are facilitated by a Local Formation Director.

Local formation and relationship building are at the core of the St. Phoebe School for Deacons.  These opportunities occur in face-to-face and virtual formats, accommodating the needs and life situations of students. 

DAILY prayer in the Virtual Chapel of St. Phoebe, including opportunities for common prayer and shared reflections on scripture readings from the daily office.

WEEKLY “study call” via Zoom during academic quarters at CDSP for questions and connections between academic learning and practical formation.  For students in parish/community internships there is an additional weekly “check in” call scheduled via Zoom as well.

MONTHLY spiritual formation groups, locally organized, between deacons in formation and mentor deacons along with lay volunteers.

QUARTERLY liturgically themed worship and formation opportunities which move across dioceses in host parishes to discuss, practice, and embody diaconal service to the church and to the world.

YEARLY in person retreats (3 over two years) emphasizing formation, integration, and development.  Retreats have spiritual, relational and service-learning components. Each summer quarter will also introduce the locally developed topical course in which students will participate.

In addition, the St. Phoebe School offers ONGOING support, mentoring, idea sharing and relationship building among all cohorts of deacons in formation and mentor deacons located in the diocese.

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