The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench


Feel free to make yourself at home. This little enterprise will be a place for posting some of my homilies — both rough drafts and final versions, most delivered from the pulpit of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, in Forest Hills, New York.

Since I’m new at this — I was ordained a Permanent Deacon on May 19, 2007 — this is a learning exercise for me. And, maybe, for you, too. I’ll be learning how to preach. And you’ll be learning how painful the process can be; here you’ll have a front row seat for all my pratfalls, flubs, blunders and boo-boos. Plus the occasional miracle — a good and meaty little sermon.


I have the (perhaps naive) hope that I can make preaching matter, and turn a sadly neglected kind of liturgy into something people actually want to hear. (I know, I’m naive. But as I said: I’m new at this.)

I hope you like reading these as much as I do writing them and delivering them. And I hope that this effort will reap the fruits of the beautiful prayer said over me at my ordination:

“Receive the gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become.
Believe what you read,
Teach what you believe,
and practice what you teach.”

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posted May 30, 2007 at 9:26 am

Thank you for your interest and desire to enter more fully ino the ministry of the Church. May God Almighty bless you.

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posted June 1, 2007 at 10:20 am

Congratulations on your ordination to the Diaconate! I am sure you will be a blessing to many.The permanent diaconate has only just been restored here in Melbourne (cf.–the last Australian Diocese to do so–and will take their first group of aspirants in next year. Hopefully I will be among them. I was a Lutheran pastor for 10 years or so before entering the Catholic Church 6 years ago. I yearn to return to a preaching ministry. My wife is preparing to become a “ministers wife” again!

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