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A Married Deacon and the Domestic Church

In the early 1970s, when directing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati religious education office, I worked with the newly formed diocesan diaconal program. Since then, I’ve been involved with permanent deacons and their wives as teacher, mentor, adviser and friend.... Read More

A Fresh Perspective on Parish Life

G.K. Chesterton, reflecting on his jury duty, wondered why we have citizen juries. We train soldiers because they fight...

New Study Explores the Well-Being of the Diaconate

With the help of several highly devoted deacon advisers from around the United States, the Spitzer Center for Visionary...

The Magnificent Seven

“The Magnificent Seven” was a 1960 Western film directed by John Sturges starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles...

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Theology of the Body and Deacons

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Many have heard of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, shorthand for his book “Man and... Read More

An Alliterative Guide to Helpful Homilies

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For decades, it has been common knowledge at all levels of the Church that preaching and formation are lacking.... Read More

 

 

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Entering into the Pain of Another

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To serve others is to perceive a need in them and, to the extent possible, help them satisfy that... Read More

Distracted? A Gentle Return

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Any honest deacon or priest will admit it. The shocking realization, the I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that awareness, the wide-eyed moment of reality... Read More

 

 

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Divine Grace and the Diaconate

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In the Byzantine ordination rite of a deacon, the bishop places his omophorion (stole) and his right hand on... Read More

Remembering to Remember

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Given all that’s going on in our world and our Church, it can be easy for anyone in ministry... Read More