Here comes the judge: meet the deacon on the bench

Details: When the Honorable Marc R. Kellams speaks at the dinner following the Red Mass in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Sept. 24, he will bring the perspective of a Catholic deacon and a circuit judge in southern Indiana’s Monroe County. The Red Mass — an ancient custom dating back to the 13thcentury when the solemn [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...]

Deacon found guilty of child porn

From The Catholic Register in Canada: William Kokesch, a deacon in the Montreal archdiocese, plead guilty in court on Feb. 21 to the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. Court heard that 99,000 still images of children and 2,000 child porn videos, many of which showed the sexual exploitation of young girls, were found [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...]

A prayer to St. Stephen

Today marks the feast of this proto-martyr, patron of deacons. Curious to find a prayer invoking this powerful saint, I discovered this great resource online. St. Stephen, pray for us and for all deacons! +++ The Litany of St. Stephen (For private recitation only) Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have [Read More...]

Chicago church remembers slain deacon

Photo: Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune From The Chicago Tribune:  For the parishioners of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Sunday, it was obvious in so many ways that Deacon Willie Cooper was gone. Someone else led the altar servers and lectors in prayer before Mass. Only the pastor poured holy water on a baby girl getting [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...]