The heart of the deacon’s ministry

Despite the fact that the permanent diaconate has been around for over 50 years, the question, “What does a deacon do?” is still asked today. We are frequently mistakenly called “Father,” because many have no real working understanding of... Read More

Hitting the ‘Pause’ Button

“Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / ‘Til it’s gone …”...

Mary, Model of the Diaconate

Every one of us has a role model for our life — perhaps a person, a saint or others...

The Importance of Intellectual Formation

Most of us are familiar with the twin cornerstones of monastic life, ora et labora — prayer and work....


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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The Deacon’s Role at Baptisms

The past seven months have been unprecedented in the life of the Church. The tentacles of the coronavirus pandemic... Read More

Harmonizing God’s Call to Marriage and the Diaconate

It’s commonplace to hear within the diaconal community that most permanent deacons have a dual call: the call to... Read More