School of Diaconate Studies

Deacons are part of a permanent order in the Church and important for the life of the Church.  This major order is not to be considered simply a “stepping-stone” to the priesthood.  Deacons form a visible sign of the working of the Holy Spirit through their life of service in the Church.  The diaconate is largely a parish-based ministry, but always with the challenge to broaden its service.  Deacons allow for the liturgical services to be conducted in their fullest form.  They provide additional ministry such as visiting the sick, elderly, and bereaved, maintaining the parish’s finances and property, and assisting in sacramental preparation.  The diaconate is an ecclesial ministry of service that can deepen a man’s own spiritual life and give him a more powerful sense of purpose and place in life.

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