Serving deacons as they serve the Church
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,...
A Eucharistic Congress Experience Just for Deacons
Deacon Omar F.A. Gutiérrez
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
Deacon John O’Maley
Young families are leaving the Church every day, which is one of the biggest challenges the Church is facing....
Deaconesses, Baptism and the Eucharist
Catherine Brown Tkacz
From the start, Christian men and women equally received baptism and the Eucharist (cf. Acts 8:12). This was a...
Homily Exegesis for Deacons
on Homily Exegesis for Deacons
Deacons rarely receive sufficient biblical formation prior to ordination, so continuing education is a must. Exegesis is an integral...
‘Story of a Soul’
Deacon Anthony J. Clishem
on ‘Story of a Soul’
Between the calling of the First Vatican Council (1869) and Second Vatican Council (1962), two apparently unrelated movements of...
Deacon Robert T. Yerhot
on I Thirst!
As a spiritual director, I often ask my deacon directees, “What is your deepest desire in prayer?” Invariably, what...
Pope St. John Paul II and Servanthood
Deacon Dominic Cerrato
on Pope St. John Paul II and Servanthood
Pope St. John Paul II, though writing little on the diaconate, nonetheless consistently emphasized the concept of Christ the...
‘My Peace I Give to You’
on ‘My Peace I Give to You’
Easter is the most glorious and joyful feast of the Church. The Resurrected Christ promises that he will make...
The Power of Prayer
Deacon Steve Kramer
on The Power of Prayer
St. Thérèse of Lisieux once said, in response to the question of what is prayer: “For me, prayer is...