Ordination Update: 8 New Deacons for Arlington

From the Catholic Herald:  For the first time since Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde reinstated the permanent diaconate formation program in 2005, transitional and permanent deacons were ordained together in a June 1 ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Father Thomas P. Ferguson, diocesan director of diaconate formation, said that the [Read More...]

Theologian: “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful…”

From Catholic News Agency:  Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others. “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Fr. Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, [Read More...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Jefferson City

Photo: Jay Nies/ The Catholic Missourian One of the newly ordained dropped me a line today: Saturday, April 20, Bishop John R. Gaydos ordained 18 men as permanent deacons for the Jefferson City [Missouri] Diocese. It’s the largest class in our history. Congratulations, and welcome!  Ad multos annos!   And how about a shout-out for [Read More...]

In Philadelphia, deacons will witness marriages and wear the collar—UPDATED

A deacon in the City of Brotherly Love sent me an e-mail about a little brotherly love from the archbishop. Below is the text of a letter sent to the priests and deacons of Philadelphia: February 13, 2013  Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, An important part of the life and work of the Church [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Atlanta

I first posted on them a couple weeks ago.   Now, full details are in the Georgia Bulletin, including the story of the deacon in a wheelchair, Francis Head: With its incense and ancient prayers, the ordination Mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 2, as friends and family crowded Christ the King Cathedral. The new deacons [Read More...]

Bishop to deacons: “You will give glory to God and comfort to His people…”

Below is Bishop Thomas Tobin’s homily at the ordination of deacons, celebrated on February 2 in Providence, Rhode Island.  You can see a video of the homily and read more about the ordination at this link.  +++ To the deacon candidates about to be ordained for the service of Christ and His Church, we extend [Read More...]

Act of Providence: diocese ordains 21 deacons, first class in a decade—UPDATED

Details, from the diocesan website:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced that after years of intense preparation, the first Permanent Diaconate class since 2002 will be ordained Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will preside over the ordination of 21 men as [Read More...]

First look: Atlanta’s new deacons

These come from the Facebook page of the Georgia Bulletin.  Archbishop Wilton Gregory ordained 12 new deacons Saturday.  Details to come soon. Meantime, congratulations, brothers!  Ad multos annos!    [Read more...]

Ordination update: 29 new deacons in Galveston-Houston

Details, from the Texas Catholic Herald News:  Twenty-nine men received the sacrament of Holy Orders in a Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For each, it marked the end of six years of rigorous study and pastoral formation — and the beginning of consecrated life in the Permanent Diaconate of [Read More...]

Historic: dual ordination of priests and deacons

Details from the Catholic Transcript:  Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed [Read More...]