About us


Our purpose is to build up the community of deacons so that they may realize their full potential in Jesus Christ and the Church. The Lord has called us together in ministry and service and we have common bonds of Orders to fulfill this call. We come together each year in the Institute to build through Education, Sharing and Community. We share our successes as well as our failures so that we might realize that Jesus is Savior and we do need His help. Let us then pray for one-another as well as for the Institute and the leadership of the Diaconate, that together we can go forward by serving in traditional ministries with imagination and innovations and will find through research and development, New Ministries and New Ways to Serve God and His Church.



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From 1976 through 2003, the Institute was held on the campus of Notre Dame University, with the cooperation of the Department of Continuing Education. Since then the conference has been held at beautiful Xavier University right in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The N.D.I.C.E. banner is a stole of the Roman Catholic deacon. This stole is worn during liturgical acts of worship by the deacon and is a way of identifying him as a cleric of the church.




This cross is the cross of Christ, representative of His Crucifixion. The red stole has its origin in two areas. In olden times, an approaching messenger was recognized by the colorings of the cloth he wore. The recipient would know from afar the originator of the message long before the messenger’s face was close enough to be revealed. The deacon as a messenger of the Word of God wears the stole to symbolize he carries this Word about him.

The second explanation is that the stole is like the towel that Jesus Christ wrapped around his waist as he washed his disciples feet at the last supper. To the deacon, the stole is a reminder of his role as a servant to others.

The stole is worn over the left shoulder, across his chest, to the right waist. The color of the stole reflects the colors of the liturgical year or occasion of the liturgical activity.