On deacons: "You will perform minor miracles"

Those are the words of my own Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the ordination of 27 new deacons last weekend for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

I wrote about the event here.

Now a video report is up, courtesy of “Currents.”

Check it out. And the diocesan newspaper, The Tablet, has a write up and slideshow.

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  1. Deacon Alexander Breviario says:


    Interesting statement…

    “You will perform minor miracles”

    What is a “minor miracle”?

    I would think ANY “miracle” is something major, regardless…

    It somewhat brings to mind the first reading from last weekend, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17) where the Philip being referred to was one of the newly ordained seven deacons… “With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.”

    This sounds “major” to me, even if it was only a deacon performing “minor miracles”…


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