State of the Diaconate

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a member of the formation staff and professor of spiritual theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He has a doctorate in moral and spiritual theology from Duquesne University. He has given more than... Read More

Exploring the Diaconate ‘Down Under’

Dear brothers in the universal Church, it’s great to be getting a copy of The Deacon and hear more...

St. Joseph: A Patron for Our Times

Pope Francis decreed a Year of St. Joseph on the day the Church marked 150 years since Blessed Pope...

New Book Analyzes Diaconal Identity

Picking up Deacon Tim O’Donnell’s new book, “The Deacon: Icon of Christ the Servant, Minister of the Threshold” (Paulist...

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Diaconal Lessons for Priestly Ministry

After 12 years as a deacon, on May 2, 2020, the feast of St. Athanasius, I knelt before the... Read More

Celebrating Marriage and World Marriage Day

It was one of those moments, something out of an old TV commercial. “Wow! Where have we been?” we... Read More




Understanding Better the Servant Mysteries

I was first introduced to the concept of the Servant Mysteries by Deacon James Keating several years ago in... Read More

The Necessity of Good Feedback

The recessional hymn is being played and you make your way to the back of the church or into... Read More




Serving the Suffering Church: The Serenity of Surrender

“We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord like the ancient navigators needed the stars.”... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Planting Spiritual Victory Gardens

During the global wars of the 20th century people were encouraged to plant gardens in every available plot of... Read More

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