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...


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

Serving the Suffering Church: The Deacon in Lockdown in New York

A couple of times a day I have to get up from my desk, go to the window and... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Mobilizing the Power of the Holy Spirit Working through Deacons in a Pandemic

Every deacon knows that Pope Francis has urged us, the Body of Christ, to go out to the peripheries.... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Helping Others See the Works of God

“It is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” (Jn 9:3). As deacon couples,... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Disconnection from Those We Serve

I don’t know about you, but the effects of the novel coronavirus have got me feeling a bit disconnected... Read More

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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