Deacon Frank Berning, D.Min.


Director of the Albany Site





Deacon Dr. Frank Berning is Director of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry at our Albany Diocese Campus. He was a pharmacist with a large community pharmacy and also owned a home health agency that focused on care for infants born prematurely before entering diaconate formation. Deacon Berning was ordained in 2004 and since then he has earned two Masters Degrees from St. Bernard’s: Master of Arts Pastoral Studies and a Master of Divinity. In 2009 he earned his Doctor of Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His Thesis Project - The Elements that Lead to a Habitus of Spirituality in the Life of the Deacon - was the basis for developing the human and spiritual pillars of diaconate formation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Deacon Dr. Berning was appointed Director of Initial Diaconate formation in 2005. He was appointed Director of Pastoral Planning in 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity as well as being responsible for the Albany Campus of St. Bernard’s. His parish ministry is at Mater Christi Parish in Albany where he is responsible for Sacramental Formation for the parish. He has adopted these words from St. Therese of Liseux – "We know now that true charity consists in bearing all of our parishes’ defects – not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues." This also applies to his students. Frank and Diane have been married 55 years and have six children, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.