Picture of the Day—or Maybe of the Year, UPDATED

From the Facebook page for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: Congratulations to Deacon Patrick Allen from Charleston who was ordained to the transitional diaconate yesterday. His young son decided to share in the experience with him! Congratulations and welcome, deacon!  Ad multos annos! UPDATE: A few people have been puzzled by [Read More...]

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...]


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