May 4, 2024

Day of Education
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Day of Education on Marriage and Family – St. John Paul II Foundation Servant’s Heart Program

Our Lady of the Hills Church
120 Marydale Lane
Columbia, SC 29210
ourladyofthehillssc.org

Servant’s Heart provides deacons with education and formation that will assist them as they serve and accompany the people of God. Presentations focus on the difficult pastoral challenges relating to the gift of human life, sexuality, marriage and the family. The main objective of Servant’s Heart is to assist deacons in embracing their identity in and mission for Christ the servant. Topics will include Humanae Vitae, the most recent papal teaching on marriage and family, and the family as the Domestic Church.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Aug. 10, 2024

Day of Education
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Day of Education on Marriage and Family – St. John Paul II Foundation Servant’s Heart Program

Our Lady of the Hills Church
120 Marydale Lane
Columbia, SC 29210
ourladyofthehillssc.org

This follow-up day of education from the Servant’s Heart program will include topics around cohabitation, divorce, remarriage, and preaching on marriage and family.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Oct. 12, 2024

Day of Prayer
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

An Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Father Will Frei

Our Lady of the Hills Church
120 Marydale Lane
Columbia, SC 29210
ourladyofthehillssc.org

Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Feb. 1, 2025

Diaconal Ordination – Class of 2025
11:00 a.m.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
120 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Feb. 21-23, 2025

Diaconate Retreat & Conference

Deacon Dominic Cerrato, Ph.D., will present Grow in the Gift of Your Diaconate. He is director of both Diaconal Ministries and the Diaconate for the Diocese of Joliet, and editor of Our Sunday Visitor’s The Deacon magazine. He has taught theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Duquesne University and Holy Apostles College and Seminary. While at Franciscan University, Deacon Cerrato also established and developed the distance learning Masters in Theology program. He has nearly 30 years of experience in catechetical and pastoral ministry on the diocesan and parish levels. Ordained in 1995 as the first permanent deacon of the Diocese of Steubenville at the age of 35, Deacon Cerrato is a national speaker, author and retreat master. Dominic and his wife Judith have been married for 40 years and have seven children and many grandchildren.

Doubletree by Hilton
2100 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

  • Friday
    • Registration starts at 3:00 p.m.
    • It will be a social night
  • Saturday
    • Begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
    • Sessions
    • Mass at 5:30 p.m.
    • Banquet begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday
    • Begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
    • Additional sessions, update of the diaconate, deanery meetings, and closing remarks
    • Departure from hotel at noon.

Feb. 27 – March 1, 2026

Diaconate Retreat & Conference

Dan and Stephanie Burke of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation will present. Dan Burke is the founder and President of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, which offers graduate and personal enrichment studies in spiritual theology to priests, deacons, religious, and laity in 72 countries and prepares men for seminary in 14 dioceses. He is the author and editor of more than 15 books on authentic Catholic spirituality and hosts the Divine Intimacy Radio show with his wife, Stephanie, broadcast weekly on EWTN Radio. Past episodes can be found, along with thousands of articles on the interior life, at SpiritualDirection.comIn his deep commitment to the advancement of faithful Catholic spirituality, he is also the founder of Apostoli Viae, a world-wide, private association of the faithful dedicated to living and advancing the authentic spiritual patrimony of the Church. Most importantly, Dan is a blessed husband, father of four, grandfather of one — and grateful to be Catholic.

Details TBD

Doubletree by Hilton
2100 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210