Ordination update: 10 new deacons in Atlanta

Below, the first picture of the new group, ordained last Saturday.  Deacon Steve Swope writes:  “This group brings us to 244 deacons in the Archdiocese.  We still have 53 in formation too!”  I’ll try to post names and more information as I get them. 

Congratulations, brothers!  Ad multos annos!

Photo: by Thomas Spink/Georgia Bulletin/Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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  1. ron chandonia says:

    A great photo of an unusually strong group! We had somewhat fewer candidates ordained this year than in the recent past. (I actually got a good seat in the cathedral this year.) But every one of them was conscientious about his formation work and willing to grapple with any teachings he found personally challenging. We are blessed to have them serving in Atlanta.

  2. Regina Faighes says:

    Congratulations to the new deacons. Ad multos annos!

  3. Deacon Bill J. says:

    How fortunate for these men and the Archdiocese of Atlanta that they are able to serve under Archbishop Gregory! May God bless them and their families.

  4. Ron:

    I hope these guys go down on the knees and profoundly thank the Risen Lord Jesus that you were on their faculty!

  5. Ad multos annos, Deacons! (I note that this group has, on the average, more hair than mine. And that’s with a couple of guys pictured who have none. Sad face.)

  6. Bill Russell says:

    God bless them. But if there are more deacons than priests, that means there is something unbalanced. The Order of Deacons is honorable in itself but if they attract more than the the priesthood, the risk is that that they will not perceived as a legitimate Order themselves, but as wannabee priests. This would ill serve both them and the presbyterate.

  7. I think the Church needs a lot more Deacons. What is needed is men of courage and prayer and holiness to step up and answer the call of Jesus. How many men does Jesus call? How many do not hear that call?

    Each parish could probably use one Deacon for every 500 families.

  8. deaconnecessary says:

    It does no such thing. There is nothing “unbalanced.” A great number of deacons provides that much more assistance to the bishop and priests. Many deacons will free up the bishop and priests to concentrate more on what’s unique and exclusive to their ministries.

  9. One US Bishop, when asked how many Deacons an average parish needed, said “Seven!” Referring allegorically, of course, to the original Seven, and meaning, ‘as many as are needed.’

  10. Deacon Norb says:

    Somewhere in my studies, and I cannot find the source at the moment, I found a citation which suggested that during the third century of the Christian Era, a fairly large city in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) had one EPISKOPOS (bishop/ church leader); seven PRESBYTEROS (priests/church elders) and each presbyteros has up to seven DIAKONOS (deacons/ church servants) working with him. To repeat: This bishop only had seven priests but he had possibly as many as 49 deacons.

    To answer other bloggers on this post; one formula being kicked around here in the Midwest is this: One priest/pastor for the first 2,500 “head-count”; and one priest/associate pastor or one ordained deacon for every 1,000 head count after that.

    My current assignment is to a parish of 3,500: we share a priest/pastor with another parish. There are two “active” and one “senior status/retired” deacons assisting him here. No one is getting burned out. BTW: our priest/pastor also leads a smaller parish of 2,800. He has one “active” deacon and one “senior status/retired” deacon working with him in that setting.

    The largest parish in our diocese is a “mega-church.” It has slightly over 10,000 head-count: one full-time priest pastor; one full time priest/assistant pastor; four deacons. According to the formula, this one is short-handed but they have two diaconal candidates in the class scheduled to be ordained in September 2013.

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