The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“We did it!”

That was the happy e-mail message I received this morning from a newly ordained deacon across the river.

The Archdiocese of New York welcomed 13 new deacons yesterday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They include — among others — a realtor, an air conditioning and heating contractor, a couple teachers or retired teachers, a retired cop and even the assistant chief of detectives and counterterrorism with the Port Authority Police Department.

You can read about them here. If someone can send me more info, and pictures, I’m happy to post ’em.

Congratulations, brothers.

And, as always: Ad multos annos!

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Deacon Bill

posted June 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

How great! I was with Archbishop Dolan on Friday just as he was running out to catch his taxi for the airport and his return flight to New York. His shouted words as he headed to the cab was, “I’m heading home to ordain some deacons, Bill!”
And here they are. . . .

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posted June 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Does any person out in the blogosphere know when the number of deacons will overtake the number of priests in the U.S. ?

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Deacon Bill

posted June 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Dear Deacondog,
There are roughly 28,000 DIOCESAN priests in the US, with roughly 8,000 of them retired, so there are about 20,000 diocesan priests active in the US. There are now a little over 17,000 deacons in the US, with perhaps 1000 of them listed as retired. So, it’s not going to be long before there are more deacons than priests in the US (speaking of diocesan priests only).
There are already, of course, a number of dioceses in which deacons outnumber priests already, and that number changes almost daily.
Of course, people reading this should realize that we’re really comparing apples and oranges here. Whether there’s a priest shortage or not, having more deacons than priests SHOULD be seen as the norm anyway, in my opinion!
God bless,

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