NADD serves formation directors, deacon directors, vicars for deacons and other diocesan personnel who are responsible to their bishops for the selection and formation of deacon candidates and the continued professional development and education of deacons following ordination. The Association takes a leadership role relating to national and regional issues of the diaconate and serves as a consultant to the USCCB Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. NADD promotes expertise through the National Directory Institute, Ministry and Life Institute, annual conventions, regional meetings, research, newsletters and consultation teams which evaluate formation programs upon request of the ordinary.

NADD Mission:  The National Association of Diaconate Directors exists to support diaconate directors, associate directors, and their staffs with their mission to enable deacons, candidates, aspirants, their wives and families to utilize their gifts in the service of the Church following the model of Jesus Christ.