O happy fault: living with a deacon at Easter time

It can’t be easy living with a deacon, especially now. Every year, for a few weeks before Easter, the deacon pulls out sheet music and starts practicing that Everest of liturgical song, the Exsultet:  a nine-minute a capella chant sung in near-darkness at the start of the Easter Vigil. Around our home, the Exsultet is [Read More...]

A deacon who is a doctor battles Ebola in Liberia: “He dropped everything to serve the Lord”

Here’s a humbling profile of a deacon who is serving in ways most of us can’t fathom. From The Rhode Island Catholic: According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed the lives of 2,288 as of Tuesday. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Los Angeles

 Photo: Victor Aleman From Angelus, the online edition of The Tidings: In the days leading up to his ordination to the permanent diaconate, Ryan Adams was reflecting on his relationship with the Holy Spirit — how, in his ministry as a deacon, he “must be a living vessel for the Spirit to not only dwell [Read More...]

Rochester’s new bishop thanks deacons during installation homily, reminds them of their “first vocation”

From the full text of Bishop Matano’s installation homily in Rochester on January 3: Let us remember that without the priesthood there is no Eucharist and without the Eucharist the Catholic Church loses its foundation, its purpose, identity and mission. The ministry of the priesthood in the history of the Church has been so beautifully [Read More...]

Meet a pioneer, one of Ireland’s first permanent deacons

From The Irish Times:  He would have you believe he is just an ordinary Joe, “not a holy Joe”. But he, by the grace of God, the assent of Monica and to the occasional bemusement of his children, is Rev Adams. Rev Deacon Jim Adams, permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in Dublin. One of [Read More...]

Bishop to deacons: “You are my right-hand men.”

Last month, I posted on the ordination of new deacons for Oakland. This week, the diocesan newspaper has more: In his homily, Bishop [Michael] Barber told the deacons that they are ordained at the “bishop’s hands, but Christ’s touch.” The roots of the diaconate are in the early church, he said. As the apostles were [Read More...]

A look at deacons in the Orthodox tradition

This popped up in my Facebook feed and I thought it worth sharing here. It offers another view of the diaconate, from another tradition: The Deacon is the third and lowest degree of the major orders of clergy in the Orthodox Church, following the bishop and the presbyter. The word deacon (in Greek διάκονος) means server and [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Oakland

A California reader writes: Fifteen new Deacons were ordained for the Diocese of Oakland on Saturday, November 16th, in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Bishop Michael Barber SJ, ordained fourteen married man and one single man to the Permanent Diaconate. You can read about the men in The Catholic Voice:   It is a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 3 new deacons for San Bernardino

The following e-mail arrived this evening from Rich Herbst, in the bishop’s office: Celebrating with an assembly estimated at over 1,300, Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego ordained three new permanent deacons for the Diocese of San Bernardino on Saturday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Cucamonga. Pictured with Bishop del Riego from the left are [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Kingston

I got an e-mail last night from Deacon Bob Wojcik, a mentor in Kingston, Ontario, with the picture below and details: Four days ago, [9 November] the Archdiocese of Kingston has ordained 7 deacons to serve the People of God.  Six Deacons ordained to serve in the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario & one Deacon to [Read More...]