Discernment of the Call

Saint Paul’s First Letter to Timothy lists the qualities that deacons should have, recommending that they be tested before being entrusted with their mission: they must be dignified and honest, faithful in marriage, manage their children and households well, and hold fast to the mystery of faith with a clear...

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Candidate’s Corner – What Formation Has Meant To Me

Deacon Candidate Anthony Petillo – Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, Swedesboro The Camden Diocese Diaconate Formation has been a very fulfilling progression of my continued discernment and self-development to the vocation of the permanent diaconate. For me, it has been a time for the preparation of the threefold-ordained ministry of...

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Candidate’s Corner

Deacon Candidate – Toby Haley – Saints Peter and Paul, Turnersville When I was a child I was always enamored with chivalric stories. I enjoyed stories about knights. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Roland and El Cid; The Jedi Knights of the Star Wars movies also...

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A Specific Grace

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...

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Many Gifts and Many Kinds of Service

Saint Paul lists numerous kinds of service to which disciples are called in order to build up the Body of Christ: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph 4:12). Some of these ministries are exercised by both the lay faithful and the clergy, others only by the ordained. Since the...

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Candidate’s Corner – Me? A Deacon?

Deacon Candidate Dean Johnson- Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, Glassboro. I laughed so hard.  It was one of those uncontrollable belly laughs that garnered raised eyebrows and side-eyed glares from passers-by. I along with my family was walking from the parking lot to the church for Sunday Mass when we...

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Called to Service

Make disciples of all nations, baptizing then in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20) Do you hear our Lord Jesus Christ calling you to serve him; his Church; the Body...

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Candidate’s Corner – GO FOR IT!

Deacon Candidate David Harkins- Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood. I am a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Blackwood, NJ. I am married to my wife Lisa, and the father of a teenage son with disabilities, David Jr., and a teenage daughter, Grace. I am currently a...

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Candidates Corner – Just say “yes”

Deacon Candidate Michael Bortnowski- Christ our Light Parish, Cherry Hill. Although I have experienced a strong calling for a deeper relationship with Christ and the Church since the late 1990’s, my journey in the Diaconate Formation began with many questions. Do I have what it takes to be a good...

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Diaconate Vocation

The foundation of the ministry of the Order of Deacons is a divine vocational call. A call to vocation is a grace from God. There are many ways in which this grace may present itself: through an invitation on the part of priests, deacons, and the faithful who suggest to...

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