Remembering St. Stephen and the gift of the diaconate

Deacon Keith Fournier takes special note of the first feast we celebrate after Christmas – St. Stephen, on December 26th — and quotes a sermon by St. Fulgentius of Ruspe: Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe [Read More...]

St. Stephen, pray for us

Dropping by Deacon Scott Dodge’s joint for a visit, I was reminded that this is not only the feast of the Holy Family, but the feast of St. Stephen, proto-martyr and patron of deacons. Below, a compelling modern interpretation of Stephen’s martyrdom, from artist James Michaels. To all deacons, and all who serve the gospel: [Read More...]