Formed by God’s Word from Dachau

The following article written by Deacon Joseph Seaman appears in the March/April edition of Deacon Digest. Read this encouraging story of how a young priest encountering the darkness of hatred in the most unbearable of conditions became a beacon of light that lead Deacon Joe to answer his call to...

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This is just the beginning….

Years ago, during my final semester in college as part of a documentary team in northern New Mexico, I embarked to climb a mesa close to the adobe house that I was renting. After reaching the summit, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful vista of mesas that lay before me....

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Scattering Service?

I recently received a phone call from a local funeral home asking if I would be available to do a service for cremated remains at a local cemetery. They went on to say that the family was Catholic. The funeral director said that they wanted to give me a little...

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Is God calling you?

God is calling each of us to serve one another in charity and love as Pope Francis regularly speaks to this call. For some, there is a particular invitation to serve Christ and the Church in ordained ministry. The permanent diaconate is a ministry of service that is open to...

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Diaconate Vocation

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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Ministry of Love and Justice

Ministry of Love and Justice  From its beginning, and particularly during the first centuries, the diaconate has been primarily a ministry of love and justice.  The early metaphorical description of the deacon as “the eyes and ears, the mouth, heart, and soul of the bishop” referred to the duty of...

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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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