Diaconate Office

Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Father Daniel J. Merz, SLD
Director of Deacon Life & Ministry
Deacon Ray Purvis
573-635-9127, ext. 223

Director of Deacon Formation
Deacon John Schwartze
573-635-9127, ext. 225

Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109-4900

The Order of the Diaconate

Since the renewal and encouragement of the Order of Permanent Diaconate throughout the entire Church by Vatican II, the Diocese of Jefferson City has ordained 150 men. Today, 93 ordained men serve throughout the diocese in the role of deacon. Included in that number are several men from other dioceses. In addition to the deacons active in the diocese, five men ordained for the Diocese of Jefferson City are serving in other dioceses. Several additional ordained deacons are in inactive or retired status but continue to serve the Church in various capacities.

The first class of 19 permanent deacons was ordained on May 7, 1977. The most recent ordination was April 30, 2016, when eight men were ordained for service to the Diocese.

Diaconate Retreat, October 2020