It is important to note that some areas within the Diocese of Charleston are in greater need of deacons than others. Therefore, prior to moving to the diocese, the deacon should contact the Director of the Permanent Diaconate to discuss the relocation to South Carolina, and to find an appropriate location for the diaconal assignment.
Permanent Deacons moving into the Diocese of Charleston need to have the faculties of the diocese if they wish to be active in ministry, and may not serve on the altar or perform any diaconate functions until the letter of assignment has been received.
The following documents are required to seek faculties in the Diocese of Charleston:
— A letter of recommendation and certification of good standing from the director of the diaconate in your previous diocese.
— Copies of your official documents, faculties received, etc.
— Transcripts of the training you received, including grades and evaluations during formation.
— A letter of recommendation and evaluation of your ministry from your previous pastor.
— A letter from your bishop granting you permission to serve in the Diocese of Charleston.
— A letter of approval from your wife (if applicable).
— A letter of acceptance from the pastor of the parish within the diocese where you wish to continue your ministry. Please note: A parish may not have more than 4 active deacons. In that case, an assignment will only be granted if the deacon can bring a strong ministry that is not currently offered at the parish.
— Two letters of recommendation from members of the parish staff or fellow parishioners from the last parish served, or a work associate.
— Completion of Safe Haven Training
— Completed background screening paper work (provided by the Office of the Permanent Diaconate)