Serving deacons as they serve the Church
Seeds of the Word: Movies and Ministry
Deacon Steven D. Greydanus
People are often surprised to hear that in my seven years as a deacon I have never once referenced a movie or a TV show as an illustration in a homily. Because I’ve been a film critic and culture...
Sitting in the Presence of the Lord
Deacon Joseph R. Ferrari
This year, the U.S. bishops called for the focus of the National Eucharistic Revival to be centered on parishes....
What’s a Deacon to Do?
Deacon Timothy E. Healy and Dr. Jeffrey J. Froh
With the diocesan phase of the 2021-2023 synod process complete, related to the upcoming 2024 Church’s Synod on Synodality,...
Deacon as Eucharistic Bridge
Deacon Omar F.A. Gutiérrez
In 1988, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s collection of essays “Church, Ecumenism, and Politics” was published. One of the essays,...
Expectations of Married Deacons
on Expectations of Married Deacons
We know from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that Christian marriage brings a man and woman together for...
A Look at ‘Courageous Humility’
Deacon Greg Kandra
on A Look at ‘Courageous Humility’
Honestly, this isn’t what I expected. Like most deacons, I’ve been following William Ditewig’s writings for many years —...
Live with Gratitude
on Live with Gratitude
On a New Year’s Eve many years ago — at the start of a new decade — I was...
Grief in the Holidays
Father Deacon Basil Ryan Balke
on Grief in the Holidays
I began my career as a mental health counselor at a hospice doing grief counseling and support. During the...
Desire and Capacity
Deacon Robert T. Yerhot
on Desire and Capacity
Newly ordained deacons tend to approach prayer with fervor, only to soon suffer the emotional demands of a growing...
The Frequency of Diaconal Preaching
Deacon Steve Kramer
on The Frequency of Diaconal Preaching
My diaconal formation began in 1989. After ordination in 1994, the faculties granted by the bishop allowed me to...