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 […]
It is possible that God is calling you to a special Ministry?
It gives me a great pleasure to offer a few words of encouragement to those considering a vocation to the permanent diaconate. To be a deacon is a specific call from God to be a minister of charity in word and deed. Our Lord, on the night he was betrayed, washed the feet of his disciples and invited them to do the same. They were to like Christ who came to serve rather than be served. This life of charitable service is fundamental to the mission of permanent deacons in the Diocese of St. Catharines. Through the Sacrament of the Holy Orders, permanent deacons join with the priest and bishop in making Christ present in our world today. If you feel that God may be calling you to be a permanent deacon, then I ask that you contact Deacon George Newman at the Catholic Centre.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D.
Bishop of St. Catharines
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 […]
AGE: Candidates must be at least 35 years old at ordination. Candidates may begin formation at age 31. However, consideration shall be given to the age of their children. It would be preferable that the children be able to understand what their father is undertaking. Married applicants should be in a valid Catholic marriage for at least five years. Converts […]
One of the key changes introduced by Vatican II was the re-institution of the Permanent Deaconate. Holy Orders is the only sacrament with more than one level: Deaconate, Priesthood and Episcopacy. In the early Church, men who were ordained Deacons could become Priests or remain in that role. As time passed, the Church in the West abolished the practice of […]