Deacon Cerrato’s Establishment Hypothesis

When and by whom was the diaconate instituted? By Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, or by the apostles as a response to new ministerial needs in the Church? How are the three degrees of holy orders — diaconate,... Read More

A Eucharistic Congress Experience Just for Deacons

I recently read Holly Ordway’s 2014 book “Not God’s Type” (Ignatius, $16.95) about her conversion to the Catholic faith...

How to Address the Church’s Biggest Challenge

Young families are leaving the Church every day, which is one of the biggest challenges the Church is facing....

Deaconesses, Baptism and the Eucharist

From the start, Christian men and women equally received baptism and the Eucharist (cf. Acts 8:12). This was a...

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Homily Exegesis for Deacons

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Deacons rarely receive sufficient biblical formation prior to ordination, so continuing education is a must. Exegesis is an integral... Read More

‘Story of a Soul’

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Between the calling of the First Vatican Council (1869) and Second Vatican Council (1962), two apparently unrelated movements of... Read More




I Thirst!

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As a spiritual director, I often ask my deacon directees, “What is your deepest desire in prayer?” Invariably, what... Read More

Pope St. John Paul II and Servanthood

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Pope St. John Paul II, though writing little on the diaconate, nonetheless consistently emphasized the concept of Christ the... Read More



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‘My Peace I Give to You’

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Easter is the most glorious and joyful feast of the Church. The Resurrected Christ promises that he will make... Read More

The Power of Prayer

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux once said, in response to the question of what is prayer: “For me, prayer is... Read More