Ministries of a Deacon

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An exciting new program, the permanent diaconate, has begun in the Diocese of St. Catharines. One of the most common questions being asked is “What does the deacon do?” Simply put, the diaconate is a ministry of service. While the priest’s role is to lead the faithful to God, the deacon’s role is to be a sacramental sign of Christ’s […]

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Le Diacre Permanent

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Appelé au service dans le Diocèse de St. Catharines On t’a fait savoir, homme, ce qui est bien, ce que Yahvé réclame de toi: rien d’autre que d’accomplir la justice, d’aimer la bonté et de marcher humblement avec ton Dieu. Michée Le livret d’information du candidat Histoire du Diaconat Au temps apostolique, le terme diacre (diakonia) était utilisé pour les […]

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Formation Program

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Deacon George Newman, the Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate formation in this diocese, excitedly characterizes the formation program as one in which academics, while very important, take a secondary role to the very important series of conversions which must take place in the hearts of the candidates if they are to be effective in this ministry.  It […]

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Curriculum

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YEAR ONE September |   Orientation :   formation process, agents of formation, preparation for Christian Prayer, timetables, expectations of       candidates and wives, house rules, home and weekend meeting format, personal journal writing October |  Getting to know Myself :  Myers-Briggs personality types, understanding different personalities, leadership styles, collaboration, group facilitation November | Listening and Emotions: types of listening, types of […]

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Basics Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons

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CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY BASIC NORMS FOR THE FORMATION OF PERMANENT DEACONS DIRECTORY FOR THE MINISTRY AND LIFE OF PERMANENT DEACONS LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA, VATICAN CITY 1998 CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY JOINT DECLARATION AND INTRODUCTION JOINT DECLARATION The permanent Diaconate, restored by the Second Vatican Council, in complete continuity with ancient Tradition […]

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Welcome on Board Deacon!

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Deacon Jim McLaughlin is seen here with some seafarers passing through the Welland Canal at Christmas 2014With this greeting from the captains of oceanic ships (salties), Deacon Ed West and I begin our ministry of service to the seafarers with a rich history in global trade. Nearly 100,000 ships and approximately 1.2 million seafarers of all races, nationalities and religions […]

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