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SWIDS History

LogoThe SouthWest Institute for Diaconal Studies (SWIDS) was founded in 1989 to provide high quality, reasonably priced and conveniently accessible continuing education for deacons and their spouses from throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. SWIDS presenters are internationally acclaimed, including John Shea, best selling author and storyteller, Fr. Lawrence Boadt, Editor In Chief and Publisher of Paulist Press, Fr. John Melloh, Homiletics Chair, Notre Dame University, Rev. Sean Charles Martin of the Aquinas Institute of Theology, and other equally distinguished scholars.  Attendees now include deacons from throughout Region X and from as far away as California and New Jersey.


Past Conferences

We have had the privilege to have brought many interesting, informative and entertaining speakers over the years. Speakers and Brochures are available for viewing*:

SWIDS Conferences and Speakers
2017 Rev. Joseph Koterski
2016 Dr. John Bergsma
2015 Sister Lois Paha
2014 Dr. John Bergsma
2013 Fr. Matthew Kinney

*We are working to bring all prior year brochures and speaker information and will be updating the above lists as we bring them online