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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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Making history: In St. Patrick’s see, Irish archdiocese ordains its first permanent deacons

Details: History was made in the Archdiocese of Armagh yesterday when the Primate of All Ireland ordained the first five Catholics to become permanent deacons in the ancient see of St Patrick. Welcoming the five men, all married with children, into the ministry, Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady described it as an occasion of [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Boston

From the Boston Pilot:  At the ordination Mass of 12 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 21, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley described their ministry in terms of the ministry of Pope Francis. “The deacon has got a special call to be a bridge builder, a peacemaker, an artisan of community [Read More…]

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Letter to a new deacon

  One of the Redemptorist priests I met last week on retreat was Fr. John McKenna. He was excited to share with me the news that a friend of his from a previous parish was about to be ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Wilmington. (The deacon is Jim Mueller—one of nine men ordained [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 17 new deacons for Joliet

A reader alerted me to this a couple weeks ago, but as yet the Joliet diocese hasn’t published more information about the men. I can’t find a diocesan newspaper online. Too bad. This is news that more of the faithful should hear. Nonetheless, from the diocese’s vocations Facebook page, we have the picture above and [Read More…]

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