Diaconate and Deacon Formation

Deacon Tim Elliott
Director of the Diaconate and Deacon Formation

“Receive the book of the gospel whose herald you have become. Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach…”

Updated March 29, 2017

Inquiry for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Knoxville is now closed. Applications are now due.


These are the pages of the Office of the Diaconate and Deacon Formation.  Here you will find information concerning the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Knoxville. Whether you are inquiring about the Permanent Diaconate and discerning the vocation or if you are already in formation these pages contain valuable information and materials that can be downloaded or browsed.  If you are already an Ordained Permanent Deacon, these pages contain materials concerning continuing formation, retreats, schedules and other information to be shared with the diaconal community. The links along the right hand side will take you to the appropriate place.

As way of general information, there are currently 48 Permanent Deacons serving in 27 parishes across the diocese.  These are men involved in a variety of ministries and activities including, law enforcement, prisons, food banks, minority outreach, hospital chaplaincy, hospice, home bound visitations, education and others too numerous to list.  They minister in the parish, in the marketplace, and in those areas in need of the Church’s presence.  They are defined not just by what they do… but, truly by who they are.  They live out their call to Holy Orders remembering always the words of ordination… “Be configured to Christ; who came to serve, not to be served…”

So, browse the pages and the links and know that I appreciate feedback.  If you have questions or comments concerning the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville, please click on my name (link above) and send me an E-mail.

Deacon Tim Elliott
Director of the Diaconate and Deacon Formation
Diocese of Knoxville
“All is gift”