Diaconate Institute

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The Josephinum Diaconate Institute of the Pontifical College Josephinum offers educational programs through distance learning – in both English and Spanish – to diaconal aspirants and candidates, permanent deacons and their spouses, and lay ministers serving or preparing to serve the people of God through ministry in the Church. Its mission is to strengthen pre- and post-ordination diaconate formation on a national and worldwide basis.

 The Institute was inaugurated by the Pontifical College Josephinum – a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus, Ohio – in 2007, in further fidelity to its own mission of providing formation and education for men aspiring to the priesthood. Founded in 1888, the Josephinum was granted pontifical status in 1892 by Pope Leo XIII and is the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States serves as its Chancellor and the institution is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Josephinum serves (arch)dioceses in the United States as well as select (arch)dioceses overseas.


Customized Degree and Certificate Programs 

The Institute’s unique Inquiry/Aspirancy/Propaedeutic Program is designed to prepare aspirants for entry into a Candidacy Program. The Candidacy Program offers a wide range of course offerings in each of the theological disciplines. The Institute customizes its degree and certificate programs to meet the specific needs of each (arch)diocese.  

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Fully Accredited and in Compliance with the Guidelines of USCCB’s National Directory  


The Institute’s state-of-the-art distance learning program is fully accredited by The Association of Theological Schools. Courses fulfill the continuing education and formation requirements of permanent deacons, in accord with the USCCB’s National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and the Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. 


 Theological and Practical Courses Taught by Qualified Faculty 


Courses are taught in fall, spring, and summer 12-week trimesters by highly qualified permanent deacons, priests, and laity with academic credentials (licentiates/doctorates) and years of pastoral experience. Designed to accentuate both the theoretical and practical dimensions of theology, courses are hybrid in nature and may include reading assignments, brief reflection papers, and online forums utilizing state-of-the-art technology.   


Bilingual and Financially Accessible   


Degree and certificate programs offered by the Institute are available in both English and Spanish to students from all walks of life and academic backgrounds. The Institute strives to serve (arch)dioceses with limited personnel and financial resources by offering modest tuition rates and fees. 


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“I invite all dioceses to utilize the Josephinum Diaconate Institute’s programs, especially those looking for quality formation programming to form tomorrow’s permanent deacons.”  

The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre 

Apostolic Nuncio to the 

United States & Chancellor of the 

Pontifical College Josephinum 


If you wish to receive regular updates about courses and other Institute programs, please subscribe to our mailing list by clicking SUBSCRIBE and completing the form. If you have any questions about our Distance Learning Program, please call (614) 985-2222 or email




If you are a NEW student, click on the "New Student Setup" button. Once you have established your account, you can go to the login page and register for classes. If you have taken classes with us before then you may log into your account by clicking on the "Student Login" button below. Your login user ID is you email address. If you do not know your password, you should click on the "Student Login" button and then select "Forgot Password" from the login page and a temporary password will be sent to the email associated with your account.



Below you will find links to video tutorials on how to use this system. If you are new to the Josephinum Diaconate Institute (JDI), you are encouraged to watch them. If you have any questions about registering please email us at

Introduction to the Josephinum Diaconate Institute Videos

Create Student Account - Register as a student.  This is only required ONCE, if you have never taken a JDI distance learning course. This video covers the process of creating a new JDI student account.


Register for classes -Once you have created a student account or have your password and email address, then you are ready to sign up for classes.  This video walks you through the process of registering for classes.  

Preparing to take a class - Ordering books and pre-reading assignments

Accessing the Learning Management System - Taking a class