Letter from the President


In August of 1975, a meeting was held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota to discuss the
need for permanent deacons to come together on a national level for a sharing of experiences and
insights following ordination and for post-ordination formation. This was considered the first meeting of
what came to be called the National Diaconate Institute of Continuing Education (NDICE). The following
year, August 1976, approximately 40 deacons, deacon candidates and their families, mostly from the
Midwest, met at St. John’s University in Collegeville.
This year, July 16-19, 2017 at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio, NDICE will proudly hold its 43rd Annual
Conference for deacons, deacon candidates and their families. Our theme this year will be: Deacons:
Sharing the Joy of Love, based upon Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
The keynote address on Sunday evening will be delivered by Bishop James Checchio following our
opening Mass. Now Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, Bishop Checchio served as recotor
of the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 2006 to 2016. His presentation will provide an
overall perspective and “set the table” for the outstanding group of presenters who will “beak open the
words” of Pope Francis for our attendees including:
 Deacon Greg Kandra, Multimedia Editor for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association
(CNEWA); a well-known blogger, and a deacon in the Brooklyn, NY diocese.
 Rev. Patrick Brady, Deacon of the School of Diaconal Formation and Chair of the Departmentof
Sacred Scripture, ST. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA.
 Deacon Jerry Jorgensen, a consulting psychologist; member of the Canon Law Society of
America, and Assistant Director of the Dubuque, IA Permanent Diaconate Office.
 Deacon Bill Ditewig, former USCCB Secretariat for the Diaconate executive director, diaconate
author, teacher and consultant; an Archdiocese of Washington DC deacon.
 Deacon Chris Anderson, Professor of English at Oregon State University; author of many books
including Light When it Comes, and a deacon in the Archdiocese of Portland OR.
 Bishop William Skylstad, retired bishop of Spokane WA, will speak on Wednesday morning,
celebrate the closing Mass and install NDICE officers for the coming year.
As president of NDICE, I personally invite you to seriously consider attending our 2017 conference.
Take the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and experiences with deacons from all over the
United States.
Our “Deacon Follies” hosted by the one and only Boudreaux, will once again entertain us on Monday
evening, with e musical and theatrical “talents” of man of our deacons and wives.
Our Tuesday evening concert will feature Vince Ambrosetti, an internationally known singer and
homilist, and winner of the Catholic Artist of the Year Award.
Reserve your space NOW by mailing in the registration form or registering online at www.ndice.net
God bless you; we look forward to seeing you at NDICE!

Deacon Paul McBlain
President, NDICE