The Orientation Seminar welcomes the new class into community and begins their journey to understand what it means to be a deaconess.  The new class joins returning students who begin a few days earlier.

Seminar weeks are centered in prayer and worship, theology study, learning about diaconal ministry, building community with other deaconess students, individual meetings with the LDA staff, and time for personal reflection.  Students attend Annual Seminars every year during formation.

Next Orientation Seminar dates:student guidance

New students: MAR. 1-8, 2012
(Application/interview deadline: NOV. 1, 2011)
Returning students: FEB. 29-MAR 7, 2012

Future Orientation Seminar dates:

New students: AUG. 9-16, 2012
(Application/interview deadline: MAY 1, 2012)
Returning students: AUG. 8-15, 2012

New students: FEB 28-MAR 8, 2013
(Application/interview deadline: NOV. 1, 2012)
Returning students: FEB 27-MAR 5, 2013

For more information, contact Diane Marten, Director of Education and Formation to sign-up.  219-464-6925 or

For application forms, click here.