The Josephinum Diaconal Review

The JDR coverThe Josephinum Diaconal Review

The Josephinum Diaconal Review is published in the Fall (September/October) and Spring (March/April).  An annual subscription to the JDR includes two issues.  


The JDR publishes essays and book reviews addressing a range of topics of interest to those in the Order of Deacons and diaconal  ministry. The vision of the Institute positions the JDR as a significant resource for the formation of deacons and an essential component in the continuing formation for deacons. 

Deacon David Lopez, Ph.D., the Director of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa is the editor.  Deacon Michael Berstene of the Diocese of Norwich CT and Director of Planning and Development for the Josephinum Diaconate Institute is the Managing Editor. 

The JDR Current Issue #7 - Fall 2018 includes the following essays:

Catholic Social Teaching and the Formation of Deacons
Fr. Ashley Beck, Ph.D.

Building Integrated Communities: A North Carolina Parish Works with the Community to Help Immigrants Deacon
Robert Bridwell, AICP

The Deacon as Levite: Deepening our Understanding of the Restored Diaconate
Deacon David A. Lopez, Ph.D.

The Kenotic Spirituality of the Diaconate
Deacon Daniel Lowery, Ph.D.

Understanding the Diaconate: Fifty Years of Popes and Praxis
The Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.

Discernment, Synergy, and Community: How a Deacon Wives’ Coordinator Can Pull It All Together
Tricia Vowels 


Conversation: The Sacred Art. Practicing Presence in the Age of Distraction
reviewed by Deacon Michael Ross, Ph.D.

Deacon Lopez has appointed an Editorial Advisory Board of 14 members, chaired by the Most Rev. Frederick Campbell, Bishop of Columbus, OH. 

The JDR welcomes submissions; please email as a Microsoft Word attachment to


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Directors who wish to enter a group subscription should prepare an Excel file with the following nine columns:
1. Title (Deacon, Father, Bishop, Mr. etc.),
2. First name
3. Middle name/initial
4. Last name
5. Generation, if applicable, e.g., Jr., Sr.
6. Number and street to which the JDR should be mailed
7. City
8. State
9. Zip
10. email address

Please email the file to Deacon Michael Berstene, Managing Editor,


In February 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Pontifical College Josephinum approved the acquisition of the New Diaconal Review by the Josephinum Diaconate Institute. 

The New Diaconal Review had been published in the United Kingdom for the past five years by the International Diaconate Centre - North European Circle.  Deacon Tony Schmitz of the Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland, served as editor.  Beginning with the April 2015 issue, the journal has been renamed the Josephinum Diaconal Review (JDR). 

Deacon James Keating, a member of the faculty of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, NE was the editor for the first six issues, from 2014 to 2018.