Continuing Education

Continuing Education Opportunities

As per the Directory for Permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Part I, section 7.18.1 under Required Continuing Education:

Active deacons are required to complete 15 hours of continuing education each calendar year. Hours are calculated on the basis of contact hours.

Self-study is one way to satisfy these hours. The following list is presented as opportunities for continuing education and for self-study, although not an exhaustive list of opportunities.


Apostolic See

Conciliar Documents:

Documents of Vatican II
Sixteen Documents from the Second Vatican Council from October 1962 to December 1965.


Papal Documents:


Caritas in veritate (June 29, 2009)
Spe salvi (November 30, 2007)
Deus caritas est (December 25, 2005)

Apostolic Letters

Apostolic letter issued “Motu Proprio” Intima Ecclesiae natura on the Service of Charity (November 11, 2012)


Canon Law:

Documents related to the permanent diaconate:

Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (November 21, 1964) Paragraph #29

Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem. Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Letter reestablishing the Order of Deacons as a permanent ministry in the Catholic Church. (June 18, 1967)

Pontificalis Romani Recognito. Pope Paul VI issued this Apostolic Constitution promulgating new liturgical rites for the conferral of the Sacrament of Holy Orders upon bishops, priests, and deacons in the Latin Rite. (June 18, 1968)

Ad Pascendum. This Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI established norms concerning the Order of Deacons. (August 5, 1972)

Ministeria Quaedam. This apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI addressed the suppression in the Latin Rite of first tonsure, the minor orders, and the subdiaconate; established norms for entrance into the clerical state; and instituted the ministries of reader and acolyte. (August 15, 1972)