Category Archives: Deacons

A Wonderful Catechesis on the Diaconate

I happened on to this video of a Eucharistic Congress in New Zealand back in 2008. The speaker is a permanent deacon who gives a wonderful catechesis on the diaconate that I would like to share. He is a splendid … Continue reading

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The Three Great Temptations for the Deacon

There seems to me to be three enticing temptations for the deacon in his life and ministry. I have been thinking of them in the context of an article I am writing about diaconal spirituality that I hope to have … Continue reading

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Deacons of the Diocese of Sioux City, Evangelization and Celibacy

I had a wonderful time yesterday with the deacons of the Diocese of Sioux City. In case you are unfamiliar with the geography, this diocese is the northwest corner on Iowa. Purely rural. Farmland for miles to be seen, all … Continue reading

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Deacons as Viewed in Rome

Thanks to deacon Greg Kandra, I read with interest an interview conducted by Vatican Insider on the diaconate in the Diocese of Rome. The responder is Msgr. Nicola Filippi, the delegate for the diaconate in Rome. Does the Church’s credibility … Continue reading

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Celibacy and Marriage in the Clerical State

http://youtu.be/i61kl3YY9sE I ran across this video in which seminarians from the North American College speak of celibacy. I am curious what other married deacons and priests think of the points made in the video. As a married deacon, I find that … Continue reading

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In Re: What About Deacons?

In regards to my previous post, I wish to present again a post I wrote in 2010 , when now pope-emeritus Benedict exhorted the Scottish bishops to care for their deacons and reinforced the deacon as heralds of the Gospel. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Letter to Families; What About the Deacons of the Church?

Recently, the Holy Father issued a letter addressed to all families in the world. In it, he speaks of the upcoming Synod of Bishops which is being convened to discuss the theme “pastoral challenges to the family in the context … Continue reading

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Prayer to St. Stephen, Deacon and Proto-Martyr of the Church

  Prayer to St. Stephen, Protomartyr The Apostles chose Stephen the deacon, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, whom the Jews stoned whilst he prayed, saying: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, and lay not this sin … Continue reading

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Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel – And a Comment about the Diaconate

The Holy Father has issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. I have yet to read it in its entirety, (I’m still working on it!) but from what I have read it is a clear challenge to us all. Here is the link to … Continue reading

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The Call to Serve as Deacon

Here is a video put out by the USCCB on the permanent diaconate. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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State of the Diaconate in the United States

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) out of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. released its 2012-2013 report entitled A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate. This report is a study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Reflects on the Meaning of Christian Service

The Holy Father spoke today on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle on encountering the living God through the wounds of Christ. I ran across this in an email from a brother deacon in my diocese who spends enormous … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“Perhaps, in a dramatic way, the deacon is called to the charism of tenderness in the life of the Church.” — Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Through the Eyes of a Deacon

Accepting is one thing, embracing is another. In order for a deacon to thrive in ministry and in life, he needs not only to be accepted but also embraced in his ministries. What I often hear from brother deacons is … Continue reading

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Covert Euthanasia

The manner in which we care for our elderly, especially in health care, is something about which I get rather passionate. Most of my extended family have heard me go on a heated monologue about the manner in which the … Continue reading

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