The Deacon’s Resource

The Deacon’s Resource

Thank you for stopping by this page.  It is designed to be a resource page for Deacons and those in discernment for the diaconate in the Diocese of Oregon.

This page is a work in progress.  Please contact Carter Hawley at if you have comments or suggestions.


  • Diaconal Discernment – August 6 PDX, August 27 EUGENE
Are you called to servant leadership? Have you felt a desire to serve God and the Church in the world among those who are on the margins and underrepresented? Do others see you as someone who inspires others to engage in action? If so, you might have a calling to the diaconate.
On Sunday, August 6th and August 27th, Archdeacon Carter Hawley and Academy Director Maureen Hagen will be holding a conversation on discernment and the diaconate. During this time, participants will hear stories of call, examine what the Book of Common Prayer says about the diaconate, and learn about the process. The sessions will be from 1:30 – 3:00 at Grace Memorial in Portland on August 6, and at St. Matthew’s Episcopal, in Eugene on Sunday, August 27.
We hope you will join us.
Please RSVP below:
Portland meeting at
Eugene meeting at
If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Carter at or Maureen at
We look forward to meeting you!
  • A huge thank you to Rev. Deacon Laurel Hart for pulling together the 2017 Bishop’s Visitation Schedule for Deacons.  A copy is available here: Bishop’s 2017 visitation schedule.  If you are scheduled and haven’t heard from Marie Bagwell a few weeks before the date, please check in with her to confirm details.


  • A new deacon customary has been approved.  Most of it is suggestive, but there are parts that are required.  Please take a look.  Deacon Customary



There’s a process that happens, both within the church, and within you, and that process takes time!  Be patient, as God’s call is persistent. Below are some resources:

Congregational Discernment Committee: People aspiring to be ordained as a deacon are considered aspirants. You need to start by having a congregational discernment committee at your parish. Check with the rector to see if a committee has recently been trained. If you have no committee, or no recent training, your first step is to get a group trained.  For more information about discernment training, check with any member of the Commission on Ministry for the Baptized Information linked here.

The Academy for Formation and Mission: High quality classes you’ll need to demonstrate competencies for being a deacon.  The classes are also great for continuing education for all deacons, or for lay leaders.

Although there are many steps to go through, eventually, you’ll want to be aware of what is required in the Ordination Manual.

If you have any questions about the deacon formation or ordination process, please contact Carter Hawley,



Bishop’s 2017 visitation schedule – Did you sign up to accompany the Bishop?  The schedule is here.

Deacon Customary – Just completed Deacon Customary for Deacons in the Diocese of Oregon.

Association for Episcopal Deacons – The Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED) is a national organization for deacons. Their website and conferences are invaluable. There are deacons in all states, who’ve had many of the same issues and challenges as you.  Check out the website, and consider becoming a member.


Formation for postulants, candidates, or deacons either ordained or new to the Diocese in the past two years – A new formation program has begun!  The group will meet four times a year, on the Saturdays near Ember Days, when those in process need to write the Bishop anyway.  All training days will be 10:00 – 3:00, with a brown bag lunch unless you’re notified otherwise.  The dates for the next year include

September 10, St. Paul’s Salem

December 10, St. Timothy’s, Salem

March 4, TBD

June 3, TBD

September 9, TBD


CANCELLED: The Deacon Retreat originally scheduled for January 14-16 has been cancelled due to low response. – Deacon Retreat – Contemplation & Action: A Deacon’s Call – January 14 – 16, 2017  2017 information sheet and registration.