Deacon at work: blessing the hounds

I grew up around horses in Maryland. My sister, Karen, loves them; we spent our family weekends heading off to horse shows, fox hunts, and pony club meetings.  The scents of my childhood were the intermingled perfume of horse sweat, leather saddle soap, and freshly manufactured manure. Ah. Good times. Now retired, my sister spends her free time following [Read More…]

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Bishop to deacons: “I want you to be a witness in your parish”

From The Trenton Monitor:  Coming together as a brotherhood, deacons of the Diocese of Trenton were challenged by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to live up to the summons issued by Pope Francis on his recent trip to the United States. “When the Pope met with us, he told us to focus our energies on [Read More…]

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In the email: “I’m the Catholic Deacon who married Tig Notaro…”

You may remember this story from over the summer: Catholic deacon presiding at lesbian wedding in Mississippi?  It was about stand-up comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro: Her family is completely on board, including the Catholic deacon cousin who’s agreed to marry them. “They’re like, This is going to be the biggest thing to hit the [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Orange

From Orange County Catholic: A total of 15 men were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Orange Oct. 17 by Bishop Kevin Vann at St. Columban Church—all members of the “Hands of Christ” deacon class of 2015. “We are blessed to welcome so many new deacons into the permanent diaconate within our diocese,” said Bishop Vann. [Read More…]

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Meet a deacon walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr.

An inspiring portrait of a deacon from The Hartford Courant:  Earlier this month, Deacon Art Miller got himself arrested. He knelt down in the intersection of Bloomfield and Albany avenues in Hartford, one of about a dozen protesters purposefully breaking the law by blocking traffic as part of an effort to raise awareness that “black [Read More…]

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The deacon who announces the Good News—and sports scores

From The National Catholic Register:  Dan Borné is a deacon at St. Jean Vianney parish in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La. He is one of a growing number of deacons serving the Church. He is also the public-address announcer for Louisiana State University’s football and basketball games and president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, which represents 66 chemical-manufacturing [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 3 new deacons for Portland

And one of the new deacons is the father of a monsignor. From the Catholic Sentinel: At October’s ordination to the permanent diaconate at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the front pews were filled with the wives, children and grandchildren of the three men being ordained — a lively and attentive group. On the altar, among the [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Detroit

They were ordained by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on October 3 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. You can find profiles of them here.  And this piece in Michigan Catholic points out that all are Knights of Columbus: There are a select few who can partake in all seven sacraments in the Holy [Read More…]

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By the numbers: latest Church statistics show more priests, deacons

  View image | gettyimages.com Some highlights, from Fides:  As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Boston

It happened on Saturday, and here’s the preview from The Boston Pilot:  Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will ordain twelve men to the Order of Permanent Deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Oct. 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. The candidates began their studies in September 2011 when they started attending classes two nights [Read More…]

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