National Diaconate Institute

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The Pontifical College Josephinum is a Roman Catholic seminary located in Columbus, Ohio.   It is the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy and was granted pontifical status in 1892 by Pope Leo XIII.  The Josephinum has continued the vision of its founder, Msgr. Joseph Jessing, by preparing clergy for the new evangelization and to serve the pastoral needs of the Church.  In fidelity to that vision and in addition to the seminary, the Josephinum offers educational resources through distance learning to diaconal candidates, permanent deacons and lay ministers who serve the people of God through ministry in the Church.BishopHead.jpg
The Josephinum established the Josephinum Diaconate Institute in 2007 with the vision of using online education to strengthen pre and post ordination diaconate formation on a national and worldwide basis.  The Institute's distance learning program was developed in conjunction with the National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD) and is now accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).



Courses are taught in the Fall, Summer, and Spring semesters.  Classes for Candidacy and Continuing Formation are two credit hour courses of 12 weeks in length; Aspirancy classes are one credit hour courses of six weeks in length.  The Aspirancy courses are designed to provide an educational component during the first year of discernment and prepare Aspirants for Candidacy.  All courses are also available to priests, deacons and lay ministers seeking to strengthen their preparation for ministry.


Course materials are online and can be accessed at any time during the semester. Students complete reading assignments, write brief reflection papers, participate in an online forum and, in some cases, undertake practical experience in a ministry as part of the course. Three conference calls are scheduled during the semester.

Students register for courses using the easy online registration form.  Multiple course tuition incentives are offered for students who pay in advance for two or more courses; not all courses need be taken in the same semester. 


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If you have any questions about our Distance Learning Program, please call 1-877-9DEACON (877-933-2266) 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