My name is Bill Ditewig. Born and raised, grounded and nurtured in a loving family in Peoria, Illinois, my Navy career and ministerial life has taken our family all over the world. Thanks to the Navy, we quickly became island-dwellers, living on Cyprus, Guam, Hawai’i, and Okinawa, along with other duty stations in California, Texas, Rhode Island, Maine, Florida and several times to Washington, DC. In the Navy I served for twenty-two years as cryptologist and linguist: for three years I was an enlisted Hebrew linguist; following commissioning as an officer, I eventually became a Russian linguist and served in various capacities ashore and in a variety of ships and squadrons. I retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1993.
I was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC in 1990 while still on active duty, and my first three years as a deacon were spent serving the Air Force chapel community on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, while also serving as Executive Officer of the US Naval Security Group Activity at Hanza, Okinawa. Following retirement from active duty, I’ve served as associate principal of a Catholic High School, Director of Pastoral Services and Ministry Formation for the Dioceses of Davenport, Iowa and Belleville, Illinois. I served as Executive Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and from 2002-2007, I served as Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). For the last two of those years I concurrently served as Interim Executive Director of the Secretariat for Evangelization as well. For four years I was Professor of Theology and Director of the Graduate Program in Theology at Saint Leo University in Florida. From 2011-2016 I served as Director of Faith Formation, Diaconate and Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Monterey, while also teaching as Professor of Theology at Santa Clara University in California. In January 2017, I returned to Florida, where I focus on writing, traveling to various places to speak on the diaconate, on the Church and sacraments, and teaching Theology and Religion at the University of South Florida, the Pontifical College Josephinum, and Chaminade University of Honolulu.
For the eight years of high school and college, I was a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria. I have the BA in Philosophy, an MA in Education, an MA in Pastoral Theology, and the Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Diann and I have been married for forty-nine years and we have four children and fourteen grandchildren!