The permanent deacon, who may be single or married, dedicates his life to serving others. His ministry of service focuses on three areas: assisting at the altar in the celebration of the sacraments; preaching the Word of God and leading people in prayer; and reaching out in loving service to the practical and spiritual needs of others, especially of the poor and those outside the normal confines of the Church.
Traditionally the permanent deacon works closely with the bishop. Most permanent deacons, in practice, service the greater part of their time within a local parish. But there are many who work as chaplains in prisons, hospitals, etc. Others are in full-time employment where their work is itself “diaconal“: teachers, social workers, nurses, doctors, etc.
Their ordination brings a specific grace that allows their life of service to be consecrated in a special way.
Do you have a natural inclination to serve others and those in need – generously?
Are you in love with Jesus Christ and his Church?
Prayerfully consider the nature of the vocation of the permanent deacon; the criteria and characteristics sought in applicants. Explore the deacon website. Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Call the Office of the Diaconate 856-583-2858 for more information about diaconate formation.