Called to Serve: 50th Anniversary of the Permanent Diaconate

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — The core vocational work of permanent deacons is to evangelize and care for others, not to perform office duties, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said July 22 to more than 1,300 deacons attending the 2018 National Diaconate Congress in New Orleans. In his post-Communion...

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Father You call each one of us by name…

The foundation of the ministry of the Order of Deacon 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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The Nature of a Divine Vocation

Each deacon must be called by God to serve as His deacon. This divine “calling” to serve in the ministry of diaconate is called a vocation. The bishops of the United States describe the mystery of vocation in the follow terms: “Every Christian vocation is the history of an inexpressible...

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Men’s Spirituality Conference

The ManUp South Jersey Spirituality Conference is an opportunity for men to encounter Christ in a special way. So touched by this encounter, you will leave spiritually equipped to become a better husband, father, son, employee – a better man. And through the example of your life, may you become...

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About Formation as a Deacon

The call that each person receives in baptism to be more fully molded into the image of the Lord through cooperation with God’s grace occurs throughout our lives through our daily work and prayer. The idea of being molded reminds us of the teaching of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 64:7)...

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Following the Lord is both an invitation and a challenge.

The deacon formation program is very challenging. It is designed to deepen the spiritual sense of the individual while preparing the candidate to be a public minister in the Church. Over a period of five years the candidate develops further the human, intellectual, spiritual, liturgical and pastoral aspects of his...

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Seguir al Señor es una invitación y un reto.

El programa de formación para diáconos tiene muchos desafíos. Está diseñado para profundizar el sentido espiritual de un individuo, a la vez que se prepara al candidato para ser un ministro público en la Iglesia. Durante un período de cinco años, el candidato desarrolla los aspectos humanos, intelectuales, espirituales, litúrgicos...

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What does Christ want of Me?

The Diaconate is a call from Christ into the sacrament of Holy Orders. This call is mutually discerned by a man who perceives the call and the church, as present in the bishop, who ratifies the call. A deacon allows Christ to extend His mystery of sacred service into every...

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Father You call each one of us by name…

Father You call each one of us by name… The foundation of the ministry of the Order of Deacon 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...

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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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