The deacon serves “on his knees looking up, not on his throne looking down”

Those words came from a homily delivered at an unusual ordination this weekend in Albany. From The Troy Record: Frederick Richard Lesser, a widowed father of three grown children, was ordained a transitional deacon Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Madison Avenue and Eagle Street, a step toward priesthood. “From the time [Read More...]

Happy New Year, happy new orders!

A few of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace, from their website. Some heartening news from the good people at The National Catholic Register:  The Holy Spirit is breathing new religious orders into being, like desert wildflowers after a storm. Conversion is a common ingredient. Striving to be “salt of the earth” that [Read More...]

“A great day for all of the Catholic Church”: First Maronite Catholic ordination in Pacific Northwest

As Anthony Joseph Alles is ordained, two deacons hold up a cloak called the bashkoon so that it shielded the man being ordained from view. (photo: Catholic Sentinel/Ed Langlois) Details, from The Catholic Sentinel:  In a liturgy Saturday that included actions unfamiliar to Roman Catholics, Father Anthony Joseph Alles became a priest of the Maronite [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

The story of a seminarian, from his mother

A perspective we rarely hear:  So what do you say to your son when you know he is seriously discerning this life’s vocation? There is such a fine line. While you want to be supportive, you don’t want to be too excited. And honestly, you worry. The life of a priest is not easy, and your [Read More...]

Vatican reports steady growth in worldwide church

The barque has sometimes hit turbulent tides, but there’s no sign that it’s sinking. And note the number of permanent deacons worldwide:  42,104, a number the continues to climb. From CNS: The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number [Read More...]

Deacon psychologist launches study of deacons’ lives, spirituality

From National Catholic Reporter:  Hoping to fill a gap in scholarly research about permanent deacons, Joseph Ferrari, a permanent deacon in the Joliet, Ill., diocese and a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, has designed a survey to collect data that when complete will provide a better understanding of the personal and spiritual [Read More...]

What happens when deacons stand on a street with a sign offering “Free Blessings”?

Seminarian Connor Danstrom, from Mundelein Seminary, did that in downtown Chicago a few days ago and wrote about it over at Word on Fire: “Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give.” My phone told me it was three degrees when I woke up at 7 A.M. This was the gospel reading [Read More...]

Ordination update: 2 new deacons for Portland

Details from the Catholic Sentinel:  Archbishop Alexander Sample ordained two men to the permanent diaconate at St. Mary Cathedral, reminding them that their call to the diaconate is not about achieving a special status, but to serve the people of God. “You are ordained here today for the community of the church,” said Archbishop Sample [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Orange

Photo: Ken Steinhardt/Orange County Register From the Orange County Catholic:  With the hymn “One in Christ” as a musical backdrop, Bishop Kevin W.  Vann entered St. Columban Church in Garden Grove earlier this morning to ordain 15 new permanent deacons to serve in the Diocese of Orange. (Click here for the complete list.) “We are blessed to [Read More...]


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