Am I Called to be a Deacon?

There is no simple answer to the question “Am I called to be a deacon?”  However, we believe that the person of faith through personal prayer, competent spiritual direction and recognition that the Church has the obligation to discern if such a vocation is truly present can discover God’s will....

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Discerning the Call

In discerning the vocation, it is important to recognize that the desire to serve the Church in a greater capacity is not, in itself, a call to the diaconate. Laymen can serve in many ways through participation in such organizations as the Knights of Columbus, liturgical and pastoral ministries, along...

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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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