Deacon Doug Delzeith was born and reared in a small farming community in Northern Ohio where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Renee.  After completing an associate degree in Criminal Justice, he entered the US Army in 1980 as a Military Policeman. 

     Twenty-four years, two daughters, multiple family moves and military deployments later, Deacon Doug retired in 2004 as a Command Sergeant Major to the Hinesville area where he currently works as a civil servant on Fort Stewart.

     Deacon Doug was ordained as Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Savannah on 26 May 2012 and assigned by the Bishop to tend to the flock at Saint Stephen First Martyr Catholic Church.  He holds a Masters’ Degrees in both Theology and Criminology.

     Deacon Doug and his wife, Renee, teach the R.C.I.A classes at St. Stephen First Martyr Catholic Church.

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The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is now accepting applications for the next diaconate formation class.  The permanent diaconate is open to both single and married men who meet specific requirements.  These requirements can be found on the Diocese of Savannah web page under Offices/Permanent Diaconate/ Formation/ Frequently Asked Questions.  Application information can be found at  All application materials must be received by the Office of the Permanent Diaconate no later than September 30, 2020 with a class start date of September 2021 for those accepted.  Questions should be directed to Dn. Kelley Culver, Director of the Permanent Diaconate at 706-651-8989.