Diocese of Norwich Diaconate


Deacon and Wives Retreat

You are invited to participate in the Diocese of Norwich Deacons and Wives Retreat in June 2017.


The Spirituality of the Deacon, seen through the eyes of St. Pope St. John XXIII

A Retreat for Deacons and their wives

Presented by Deacon Bill Ditewig, PhD

June 30 – July 2, 2017

Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, CT

Pope St. John XXIII will serve as our Retreat Director this year, assisted by Deacon Bill Ditewig.  Pope John will share some aspects of his own spiritual life with us, and each session will focus on a particular aspect of St. John's life, ministry, and spirituality, especially as they can apply to our own spirituality as deacons and their spouses.  Come learn more about one our most beloved saints while prayerfully reflecting on our diaconal ministry.



Deacon Ditewig holds a Doctorate in Theology from Catholic University of America. He is a noted author, columnist, educator and retreat leader. He has presented and led retreats throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to numerous articles and essays, Bill is the author of some ten books, including: 101 Questions and answers on Deacons; The Emerging Diaconate: Servant Leaders for a Servant Church; To Be and to Serve: The Ministerial Identify of the Deacon. He currently working on his latest book entitled, The Future of the Diaconate: The Next Fifty Years. Bill was ordained Deacon in 1990 by Cardinal James Hickey for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC; from 2002-2007 he served as Executive Director for the USCCB’s Secretariat for the Diaconate.  He has been married to his lovely wife, Diann, for forty-six years.  They have four children and, at last count, fourteen grandchildren.

Location: Immaculata Retreat House,

Check-in: Friday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 PM, departure: Sunday, July 2, after Lunch

Cost: $280 (single); $460 (couple), includes retreat, lodging and all meals.


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