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Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons

posted by jmcgee

Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. […]

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A deacon ON the bench

posted by jmcgee

He’s a judge in Canada — and he’s talking about how his faith intersects with his job, following a controversial sentencing in a high-profile case. From the B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: Ontario Superior Court Judge Alf Stong is not particularly […]

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A great message — especially for deacons

posted by jmcgee

Listen to one of the modern era’s greatest preachers. H/T New Advent

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“These Hands Bring Me Jesus”

posted by jmcgee

That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some of them breathtaking in their simplicity and beauty — but not just any hands. They are the hands […]

What is the “mind of the Church”?

posted by jmcgee

Good question, and it’s something every deacon should ponder.  But Deacon Bill Ditewig has an anecdote that speaks volumes: One day, as I was leaving the building, I encountered one of our bishops waiting for a taxi. He had been […]

Deacon kills self after he’s denied priestly ordination

posted by jmcgee

The sad details, from ANSA: An aspiring priest has killed himself after the Vatican cancelled his ordination, his bishop said Wednesday. Luca Seidita, 29, threw himself from a rocky outcrop in this central Italian hilltown Tuesday, shortly after learning that […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

The Archbishop and his deacons. Read more about Dolan here. And there’s this stellar quote, from Deacon Bill Ditewig: I often tell the true story of a bishop who, while literally standing in the middle of his deacons, said, “When […]

Deacons today: “Please don’t call me Father…”

posted by jmcgee

U.S. Catholic has a nice, long look at the diaconate in its December issue — and a few familiar names pop up: Beverly Hills, California deacon and author Eric Stoltz often finds himself uttering the phrase, “Please don’t call me […]

The surprising link between the new cardinals and deacons

posted by jmcgee

How cool is this? From the ever-observant Deacon Bill: I was doing a little surfing about the events and came across the liturgical aid used at this morning’s ceremony… …To my great surprise, of all the artwork available to the […]

Christ behind bars: inside prison ministry

posted by jmcgee

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in prison ministry? Here are some answers, from a few of those involved — and a growing number are deacons: Father Ernie Gauthier has kept going back to the jails, prisons and halfway […]

Brooklyn’s first Permanent Deacon dies

posted by jmcgee

The following e-mail landed in my in-box late this afternoon: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio regrets to inform you of the death of Deacon Charles A. Postler. Deacon Postler died on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Calvary Hospital. He was the first […]

A deacon sticks his neck out …

posted by jmcgee

… on the topic of wearing the collar, after this post veered off the rails and became a debating exercise for deacons.  Snip: Should deacons wear clericals? In my opinion, this is a decision best left to the deacon in […]

Georgia woman seeks to become deacon

posted by jmcgee

This has echoes of the story I posted recently from Chicago. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Diane Dougherty lives in a neat, white house that she shares with her cats, Pete and Gypsy Rose. She teaches second grade in Fayetteville. […]

“They have been found worthy…”

posted by jmcgee

A newly ordained deacon at the North American College in Rome is sharing his reflections on his vocation, and the experience of receiving Holy Orders. He begins by mentioning his pre-ordination retreat.  Snip: I brought a copy of the ordination […]

San Bernardino ordains three new deacons

posted by jmcgee

And the ordinations keep on comin’. These happened last weekend: Thomas Dewhirst recommitted himself to his Catholic faith in 1998, after years outside the church. About a year later, he felt God was calling him to become a deacon. He […]

Portland’s fab four

posted by jmcgee

Portland welcomed a quartet of new deacons last weekend — and they come from a variety of backgrounds: New permanent deacons ordained Saturday at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland are a young father of two, a man who escaped Vietnam’s […]

Las Vegas bets on deacons

posted by jmcgee

The diocese is preparing to ordain its first class of permanent deacons. Take a look: Come next spring, at least a few Southern Nevada Catholics may be a bit confused about some of the new faces they’ll be seeing around […]

The deacon ordained in Dachau

posted by jmcgee

Leave it to Deacon Bill Ditewig to unearth this incredible tale of Dachau’s deacon and his secret ordination to the priesthood. He’s also found this rare and remarkable video (in Italian, but with subtitles). Watch it and be in awe.

What a parish website can be

posted by jmcgee

There are a lot of awful ones out there, but I have to say that the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills may have one of the most appealing, attractive, informative and user-friendly sites anywhere. (Is it mere […]

How does your diocese stack up?

posted by jmcgee

Deacon Bill Ditewig poses some challenging ideas today about how to “do the diaconate right.” He picks five hallmarks of good formation: 1) Select only those applicants who have the gifts and abilities to be servant-leaders across the whole range […]

Chicago pastor pushes for women deacons

posted by jmcgee

It will be interesting to see how far this discussion goes. From the Chicago Sun-Times: The Roman Catholic Church is pretty clear on who may join the priesthood: men only. And the way church leaders see it, there’s no room […]

Can you spot the deacon in the picture?

posted by jmcgee

Hint: he’s the one wearing the dalmatic. Read more about it here.

A deacon’s business card

posted by jmcgee

He posted this on his Facebook page, and I re-post it here with his permission.  I like the title under the name…

How about “The Deacon’s Wench”?

posted by jmcgee

In the past, I’ve noted the curious habit in some dioceses of referring to deacons and their wives as “deacon couples”. Now, Deacon Bill Ditewig is tackling that subject — and some others involving spouses, terminology, and what it all […]

Pope Paul: “I am also a deacon…”

posted by jmcgee

“Last year when Pope Benedict XVI met with the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Rome, he recalled an incident that occurred at the Second Vatican Council. Each day when the council was in session, the Gospel was enthroned to […]

“The successful priest or deacon is the one who is in love with Christ”

posted by jmcgee

Hundreds of clergy gathered earlier this week for the first-ever joint convocation of priests and deacons in the Brooklyn Diocese. Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered the keynote (which contained the sterling quote in the headline).  The story, from “Currents,” below.

The Chile rescue: a deacon candidate who knows the drill

posted by jmcgee

Well, whataya know? I got an email this morning from a reader, alerting me to this piece about Greg Hall, a Houston man who owns a drilling company involved in the rescue of the miners in Chile.  Greg Hall also […]

The Chile miners’ deacon saint

posted by jmcgee

Pictured above is a statue of St. Lawrence, patron of miners (and chefs). The statue — complete with dalmatic, miner’s helmet, and lamp — was carried to the site of the Chile mine accident in August, shortly after the 33 […]

Foreign affairs: how they form deacons in Europe

posted by jmcgee

Over at Deacons Today, Bill Ditewig offers a fascinating glimpse at how deacons are formed in Europe: In Germany, anyone who wishes to pursue official ministry (whether as a lay person or a deacon) must FIRST complete either a degree […]

On the collaboration of priests and deacons

posted by jmcgee

This week, my own bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio, offered some thoughts on the collaboration between priests and deacons in his weekly newspaper column: On the day of ordination, the ordaining bishop asks the deacon candidate the following question: “Are you resolved […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

Pontifical North American College seminarians Keith D. Romke of the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., and Mark R. Payton of the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia, are seen after being ordained  deacons in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 7. Thirty […]

Defining deacons

posted by jmcgee

The diocesan paper for San Francisco is taking a look at deacons this week — and offers a solid overview of the vocation and the men who are becoming a part of it: An active parishioner and energetic volunteer outside […]

Just call him Father Father

posted by jmcgee

A paper in Alabama profiles a deacon who became a priest, and explains the background: The Rev. James Macey was ordained as a priest three years ago, after the death of his wife of 37 years. Before her death, Macey […]

Pass the basket: a special collection for deacons

posted by jmcgee

Now here’s something I’ve never heard before — but it’s a great sign of the growing importance and value of the diaconate in parish life. St. Louis evidently takes up an annual collection for Deacon Formation: The annual Deacon Formation […]

Jerome and me

posted by jmcgee

Today marks the feast of St. Jerome– a prolific writer, scholar, and friend of lions (he reputedly helped one by removing a thorn from its paw). He’s also someone close to my own heart. In his youth, my father was […]

Deacon ordination invitations?

posted by jmcgee

I got an email today from a reader asking a question that pops up from time to time in the deacon world: “Are you aware of any websites that have text for Diaconate Ordination invitations?” Actually…no. The question came up […]

Pope: “Have a care also for your deacons…”

posted by jmcgee

“Just as the Eucharist makes the Church, so the priesthood is central to the life of the Church. Engage yourselves personally in forming your priests as a body of men who inspire others to dedicate themselves completely to the service […]

Shattering the “servant myth” of deacons

posted by jmcgee

“The creative possibilities for diaconal ministry are opened for the Church when we move away from restrictive notions of the deacon as being primarily defined by service as the minister of charity or social justice. Deacons are primarily those who […]

Can the pastor tell you what to preach?

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question posed to Fr. Z., who offers this response: I think the pastor does have a certain measure of control over what you preach. He is the pastor, even if he is an heterodox jackass. The pastor, parish […]

One parish, 600 baptisms a year

posted by jmcgee

Statistics like that are mind-blowing: my busy parish in Queens averages a little over 100 baptisms a year. Details: Extended families greet one another with hearty handshakes and pecks on the cheek as they file in to Incarnation church in […]

Questions? Anyone?

posted by jmcgee

Now that his new blog is up and running, Deacon Doctor Ditewig is soliciting questions from his readers. Anything on your mind? Drop by and leave a question in the combox. I’m sure he’d love the company. 

A deacon, his wife, and their journey of faith

posted by jmcgee

Des Moines welcomed 13 new deacons last month — and the Des Moines Register offers a profile of one of them: For years, Steve Udelhofen felt a calling into ministry. Steve and his wife, Myrna, started a journey nearly five […]

“Deacons Today”: Welcome, Bill!

posted by jmcgee

I’m delighted to welcome to the blogosphere my friend and sometime partner-in-crime, Deacon Doctor Bill Ditewig (Triple D). (Pause here while all those wearing dalmatics offer a standing ovation.) He’s just launched a shiny new blog on the diaconate called […]

A Deacon’s Life

posted by jmcgee

One of the regular bloggers over at America, Fr. Francis X. Clooney, S.J., has asked his parish deacon to “guest blog” for a couple weeks, to offer some personal insights into his life as a deacon and his ministry in […]

A deacon named Phoebe

posted by jmcgee

She pops up in one of Paul’s epistles, and now an Anglican priest has blogged about her. While debate continues about female deacons (or deaconesses), here’s some interesting context: As is often the case with these first century saints, we […]

Waiting in Norwich

posted by jmcgee

It’s rare to find the secular media taking on a topic like this: a columnist in a Connecticut paper is wondering why the suspended deacon program in his diocese (Norwich) remains on hold: Back at the start of 2009, Michael Strammiello, director […]

What’s my line: the deacon’s new dismissal

posted by jmcgee

Much attention has been given to the new translation of the Roman Missal. What many have not noted, however, is the new dismissal options for the deacon (or, if he’s absent, the priest): Go forth, the Mass is ended. Or: […]

Nashville priest apologizes for statements on birth control, married priests

posted by jmcgee

His interview with a deacon sent out shockwaves a few weeks back, when it went viral and popped up on YouTube. Now, the priest has apologized — and saved his job: The Rev. Joseph Breen had a choice. Retract and […]

A question about mass intentions and deacons

posted by jmcgee

This is a new one to me, so I thought I’d toss it out there and see if anyone has an answer. A deacon reader writes: Can you find out for me, the validity of a mass intention in the […]

What’s a deacon do?

posted by jmcgee

This website today posted a few answers — though it’s riddled with some pretty basic mistakes. (“Transitory” deacons? “Deaconate”?) Check it out and see what you think.

Of vocations — and vacations

posted by jmcgee

Your Humble Blogger is about to take a little down time — blogging will be light for a couple weeks — but before I go, here’s a nice picker-upper from The Anchoress: It’s that time of year again, when postulants […]

“The Grand Poobah” of the permanent diaconate

posted by jmcgee

That’s the elegant title now bestowed on the legendary Triple D: Deacon Doctor (Bill) Ditewig, thanks to Deacon Jeff Drzycimski of The Catholic Cafe. Bill dropped by the cafe for a fresh cup of joe, and his interview is now […]

In recession: “You are now entering the mission field”

posted by jmcgee

As this item from Arkansas Catholic notes, those words have broad application for deacons: For many years, evangelical churches have posted signs at their parking lot exits that proclaim, “You are now entering the mission field.” Immaculate Conception Church, located […]

Miracle deacon: “I’m just an ordinary guy, nobody special”

posted by jmcgee

Before he heads to Birmingham for the beatification of John Henry Newman next month, the deacon miraculously healed by Newman’s intercession is speaking out: Deacon Jack Sullivan got up from his seat next to Bishop David Zubik at the front […]

St. Lawrence, guardian of the Church’s treasures

posted by jmcgee

St. Lawrence by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki Today marks the feast of a patron for deacons, St. Lawrence, guardian of the treasures of the Church. St. Ambrose reports that when Deacon Lawrence was ordered by the prefect to turn over the […]

Grilling the deacon

posted by jmcgee

For those who have nothing better to do: I’ve been invited to appear on Gus Lloyd’s radio show, “Seize the Day,” tomorrow morning, around 8. Topic: St. Lawrence. Bring marshmallows and weenies!

What do you preach at a wedding?

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question that is lurking in the back of Cathleen Falsani’s mind. She’s been asked to officiate at the wedding of two friends, and is mulling what to say. From the Huffington Post: In the Book of Common Prayer’s […]

Hong Kong ordains its youngest permanent deacon

posted by jmcgee

And he’s not as young as you may think: The Hong Kong diocese has ordained its youngest ever permanent deacon at the age of 45. Stephen Kwok Ping-fai was one of a group of four ordained at the Cathedral of […]

“Miracle” deacon to proclaim the gospel at Newman beatification

posted by jmcgee

Not really a surprising bit of news — but a very nice one nonetheless: Deacon Jack Sullivan, from the Archdiocese of Boston Massachusetts, is to proclaim the Gospel at the Cardinal Newman’s Beaitifcation Mass to be celebrated by Pope Benedict, […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“This is another calling for me. I don’t think you can change a community unless you love it first. Jesus gave a command to love one another. I take that seriously. He also said, ‘This is how people will know […]

How a deacon inspired one man to the priesthood

posted by jmcgee

Here’s a heartening vocation story that should serve as a reminder to us all that every life can bear witness: When Father Michael Silloway was a young man, the epitome of the Catholic faith was his grandfather, a permanent deacon […]

Fr. Lawrence Boadt dies

posted by jmcgee

When I was in formation, I spent many weeks lugging around a massive volume “Reading the Old Testament” by Fr. Lawrence Boadt. (My shoulder still hasn’t recovered.) A couple years later, I actually got to meet Fr. Boadt at the […]

Oceanographer, heathen, deacon

posted by jmcgee

A local paper in Maryland has thrown the spotlight on a couple of newly ordained deacons in the Archdiocese of Washington. A snip: David Divins, of Jesus the Divine Word parish in Huntingtown, did not always know he had a […]

“Being in the thick of things where the Lord is at work”

posted by jmcgee

Shortly before I was ordained, a priest friend gave me a wonderful book on homiletics: “Preaching Better” by Bishop Ken Untener. At NDICE this weekend, I stumbled upon a collection of the late bishop’s writings, “The Practical Prophet,” and found […]

Back from Ohio!

posted by jmcgee

I had a grand time at the NDICE conference in Cincinnati (I’ve finally learned how to spell it) and enjoyed rubbing elbows with my brother deacons from around the country. I’m told about 250 people were there, deacons and their […]

Homily for July 18, 2010: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by jmcgee

[Note: This homily was delivered last Sunday to about 250 deacons and their wives at the opening liturgy of the annual gathering of the National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education (NDICE) at Xavier University in Cincinnati. I was also privileged […]

Deacons as “hands of the church”

posted by jmcgee

You can always count on New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan for an engaging, even eloquent homily. And at the recent diaconate ordination, he didn’t disappoint: As he ordained 13 new deacons for the archdiocese, Archbishop Dolan said graces will flow […]

The OTHER first permanent deacon in America

posted by jmcgee

Last week, I posted about the passing of Paul McArdle, hailed as the first permanent deacon in the United States. A day or so later, Deacon Bill Ditewig (Deacon Dr. Ditewig, or Triple D) dropped me a note to set […]

My dad, the deacon

posted by jmcgee

An interesting nugget from Los Angeles, where three girls graduating in one Catholic high school are all the daughters of deacons. From The Tidings: When Haley Guerra graduated from St. Joseph High School in Lakewood May 28, she was able […]

New deacons for Worcester and Washington

posted by jmcgee

It’s a busy time in the country’s cathedrals and basilicas. Worcester just ordained three new permanent deacons, and the Catholic Free Press has a lovely look at their calling: He wrote letters to his former girlfriend. But then he destroyed […]

Paul McArdle, America’s first deacon, dies

posted by jmcgee

Word is filtering through the diaconate community today that Paul McArdle, the first deacon ordained in the United States, has died.   He was 76.  I received the following comment on my blog this afternoon: My name is Fr. Mario […]

Connecticut Yankees: new deacons in Hartford

posted by jmcgee

From the Catholic Transcript: The ordination of nine men to the permanent diaconate drew four bishops and about 25 priests, 50 deacons and 300 family members and friends to the Cathedral of St. Joseph on June 5. Archbishop Henry J. […]

Do you know the way to San Jose?

posted by jmcgee

If not, just head for the crowd of new deacons, ordained last weekend. Read more here. Congratulations! Ad multos annos!

When Father’s Day came early: a new priest says “Thank you”

posted by jmcgee

A little while back, I blogged about Deacon Greg Rapisarda, the father of a Father, becoming a Father. This widowed dad of a priest was ordained a priest himself on June 12 — making history, by giving Baltimore its first […]

They did it — and here’s the proof

posted by jmcgee

I asked, you answered. A sharp-eyed reader responded to my bleg for a snapshot of the Archdiocese of New York’s new deacons. Here it is, below. “Not the best picture,” my e-mailer confessed, “but it shows everyone.”  Thank you!

“We did it!”

posted by jmcgee

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, […]

A baker’s dozen for Baton Rouge

posted by jmcgee

Louisiana has some new deacons. The Catholic Commentator has pictures and interviews with the men. Take a look at this pdf file for more. The diocesan website has details, too. Congratulations! Ad multos annos!

Horray for Hollywood: 14 new deacons for L.A.

posted by jmcgee

The City of Angels welcomed its newest batch of deacons last weekend. From The Tidings: “Christ ordained that many ministries would be carried on in the Church,” noted Cardinal Roger Mahony in a prayer during the liturgy. “Today it is […]

The new guy

posted by jmcgee

Malaysia got its first new permanent deacon in 30 years yesterday. As previously noted, he’s one of two in the country, and only 34 years old. The local paper has a complete write up, with the happy news that six […]

One country with only two deacons

posted by jmcgee

Amazing, but true.  This comes from the Kuala Lumpur Desk (a sleepy little outpost of the Deacon’s Bench) — where that corner of the world is about to get a second deacon.  And he’s so young, he’ll require a dispensation […]

History in Baltimore, as a father to a Father becomes a Father

posted by jmcgee

Happy Father’s Day, one week early. I posted last month on the man who is a father to a priest in Baltimore, and was about to be ordained a priest himself. Well, yesterday, it happened: This is history in process […]

When an altar server marries

posted by jmcgee

Well, not just any altar server. David James was the assistant moderator of the servers at my parish for nearly a decade — and did a superb job.  (Before anyone asks: yes, we have a priest who acts as moderator […]

Jersey boys: biggest deacon class ever for Metuchen

posted by jmcgee

And the local paper has the scoop: Nearly 30 additional men are now formally part of the framework that ministers to the faithful throughout Central Jersey’s Roman Catholic churches following their ordination as deacons in the Diocese of Metuchen. The […]

Here come L.A.’s “deacon couples”

posted by jmcgee

Continuing its tradition, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced the new “deacon couples” who will be serving parishes upon the ordination of the new deacons this weekend: Cardinal Roger Mahony will ordain 14 men to the Sacred Order of […]

From Jewish boy to Protestant minister…to Catholic priest

posted by jmcgee

What a journey!  It’s the first Catholic ordination in one Pennsylvania community — and it’s one for the history books: St. Joseph’s Church in York will be the setting on Saturday for an event sure to go down in local […]

Nearly 600 couples renew wedding vows in Washington

posted by jmcgee

It happened at the National Shrine this past weekend — and the Catholic News Agency article spotlights a deacon and his family: More than 580 couples renewed their marriage vows at a Sunday Mass celebrated by Archbishop of Washington Donald […]

After 27 years, a deacon becomes a priest

posted by jmcgee

Stories like this one in Kentucky are rare, but not unheard of. But it’s big enough that is made the local paper: James Reinhart is accustomed to being called dad, grandpa or deacon, but he’s still getting accustomed to his […]

Nine new deacons for Rochester

posted by jmcgee

More ordination news — this time, from Rochester, where one of the new deacons is a married former Protestant minister on his way to the priesthood: Years ago, when he was a scuba diver in the Navy, Lon Smith ran […]

Where deacons outnumber priests

posted by jmcgee

It’s about to happen in one Texas diocese: When the 29 diaconate candidates are ordained June 5 at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, the diocese will officially have more deacons (80) than priests (58). The graduates of the […]

Trying to outwait God

posted by jmcgee

That’s the story of one new deacon profiled this week in the Western Catholic Reporter in Canada. The Archdiocese of Edmonton just ordained three deacons — and the paper profiles each of them. A snip: Weeks went by. Then months. […]

Are deacons the new nuns?

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question my friend David Gibson is posing over at dotCommonweal, citing the recent CARA study about the permanent diaconate, which notes that — surprise — deacons usually aren’t paid: I know deacons have other jobs, or are very […]

Buckeye blessings: new deacons in Ohio

posted by jmcgee

A whopping 33 new permanent deacons — plus three transitional deacons — were ordained in Cincinnati last month, and this is the official class picture.  A full write up is right here. Congratulations! And, of course, ad multos annos!

Just in time for Trinity Sunday…three new deacons

posted by jmcgee

It happened in Buffalo: Donald Weigel left his job six years ago as a corporate executive at a Fortune 500 company to pursue a different calling, to become a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. He returned to Western New […]

A capital idea: four new deacons in New York

posted by jmcgee

It happened in Albany, and made some history. From the Albany Times-Union: Four area men had the distinction Saturday of being ordained deacons of the Catholic Church in the first celebration held in the newly restored Cathedral of the Immaculate […]

New deacons for Rockville Centre

posted by jmcgee

It’s ordination season, and my neighbors to the east got into the spirit on May 15th, ordaining a fresh batch of deacons on Long Island. From Long Island Catholic: Bishop William Murphy ordained 10 men to the diaconate for the […]

Meet America’s oldest deacon — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

If I’m lucky, and God doesn’t mind, (and I haven’t lost what’s left of my marbles) maybe this one day could be me: Lou Weitzel piloted a B-24 bomber over Europe during World War II, helped Ford Motor Co. integrate […]

Married father of six to become a deacon — and then, a priest

posted by jmcgee

It will happen in upstate New York, as another former minister takes advantage of the “Pastoral Provision.” From CNA: As former Protestant minister Scott Caton prepares for his ordination as a Catholic priest in 2011, his wife and six children […]

Here come the deacons

posted by jmcgee

The growth of the diaconate has prompted a reporter from Religion News Service to look into the vocation — and the resulting article has a few familiar names: He’s performed so many funerals, they call him “Burying Joe.” A recent […]

Who we are: a snapshot of deacons in America

posted by jmcgee

The ink is still damp on this new study out of Georgetown on the permanent diaconate. But here are the major findings: • Twenty-one arch/dioceses report having more than 200 permanent deacons, with Chicago (646 deacons), Trenton (442 deacons), and […]

The Sioux Six: new deacons for Iowa

posted by jmcgee

A reader sent this my way: behold, the newest deacons from Sioux City, ordained Saturday, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. (Boy, do they have their work cut out for them!) The men are: Richard Port, Bruce Chartier, Kenny […]

Deacon, will you bless me?

posted by jmcgee

I get that question a lot — as do many deacons, I’m sure. (Actually, more often, they ask me, “Father, will you give me a blessing?”  That ranks up there with “Father, can you hear my confession?” as one of […]

Scranton’s “deacon friendly” new bishop

posted by jmcgee

That’s how a deacon has described Bishop-elect Joseph Bambera, who will be installed in Scranton tomorrow. From the Scranton Times-Leader: “Over the years I’ve known him in several capacities,” said Joe DeVizia, a Roman Catholic deacon who is also executive […]

A deacon’s proposal for public penance — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

A deacon in Alaska sent me the letter below and, with his permission, I’m printing it here in full. I’d like to hear what readers, especially deacons and priests, think of this proposal for public penance: As I know you […]

A gumshoe for God: meet the deacon detective

posted by jmcgee

Here’s further evidence that deacons come from every walk of life. Check this out, from Arizona: In retirement, Mario Ortega does more in a week than many people do in months. This dedicated public servant is both a deacon for […]

Rejoice, heavenly powers!

posted by jmcgee

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation! Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! […]

A deacon’s “Annunciation”

posted by jmcgee

When she saw these images of the Annunciation, the wife of a deacon in Alaska sent me an icon created by her husband. It’s a stunner.  Below is the Annunciation by Deacon Charles Rohrbacher, from the Diocese of Juneau.

Do the deacon dance!

posted by jmcgee

And now for something completely different: here’s part of the closing mass at the just-concluded Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. It includes the procession of all the clergy — including a dancing deacon.  Really. 

Deacon ministers at “a place to start over”

posted by jmcgee

From Up North comes word of a deacon following in the footsteps of St. Lawrence: On a recent morning in downtown Anchorage, slush covered the parking lot of Brother Francis Shelter as groups of homeless people congregated around the doorway […]

Mary’s Way of the Cross

posted by jmcgee

For the last few years, my parish has offered a unique interpretation of the Stations of the Cross during Lent: “Mary’s Way of the Cross,” by Fr. Richard Furey, CSsR. It’s a dramatic, poignant, heart-wrenching retelling of the Passion, through […]

Deacon apologizes for homily remark about “Adam and Steve”

posted by jmcgee

I’ve never heard of someone making a public apology for something he said in a homily. Until now: The Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian Community has accepted a Catholic deacon’s apology for preaching that “marriage is between Adam and Eve — […]

If

posted by jmcgee

At first blush, I thought this brief essay was a classic example of someone who had a deadline to meet, and nothing to say, and an editor breathing down his neck. But I’m thinking, no:  he actually has a good […]

Inspiration for a life of whoa

posted by jmcgee

Well, out of Hawaii comes this item, and it’s certainly something I haven’t seen in New York City: Attend any Big Island rodeo and you will see small leather crosses attached to the saddles of many of the riders. Each […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

Anawim in Florida?  Who knew?! H/T to the indispensable Bill Ditewig: deacon with a sharp eye!  (And a handy cell phone…)

What’s on your iPod?

posted by jmcgee

This catchy little tune is on mine, for the next several weeks. I practice it so often, my wife wanders around the house wearing earplugs. (One more reason why she really looks forward to Easter Sunday…)

A Deacon’s Prayer

posted by jmcgee

Dear Lord, be with me now as I assist the priest in the Holy Eucharist. Let my mind and heart be focused upon the mystery of your Presence, the mystery of Your incredible self-gift. You want to share your body […]

From the newsroom’s Deacon Desk…

posted by jmcgee

A priest friend sent this my way: news that a local TV station has named a deacon as its “Queens Person of the Week.” Not only that, but the deacon in question is a classmate of mine, Arthur Griffin. Hail, […]

Candid camera: the Atlanta edition

posted by jmcgee

A big fat hat tip to Padre Vic down in Atlanta, who snapped some great pictures of the recent diaconate ordination, and sent them along to Your Humble Blogger. He scooped the Bulletin! Take a look.  The joy and excitement […]

But the benefits are great

posted by jmcgee

One of the things that has astonished me during my  diaconate is how often people ask me the same question. It happens with remarkable consistency. They’re almost always embarrassed to bring it up. And the answer seems to leave them […]

Smile and say “Peaches!”

posted by jmcgee

The e-mail from Atlanta’s associate formation director, Deacon Steve Swope, says it all: This past Saturday Archbishop Gregory ordained fifteen Deacons here in Atlanta. The back row of the picture L-R are: (me, Bishop Joseph Madera -visiting from California, Auxiliary […]

“Believe what you read…”

posted by jmcgee

Salt Lake City ordained a new batch of deacons last week, and the local Catholic paper has some great pictures of the event. Check ‘em out. Ad multos annos, brothers! Congratulations!

Advice to deacons, “as you hand on the word of God”

posted by jmcgee

“As the custodian of the word, Mary will hold a special place in your life as deacons. We are told in the Gospels that she treasured all matters pertaining to Christ in her heart. It was only until after the […]

“A warm wind of love showed up at my ordination”

posted by jmcgee

I stumbled on this tonight, and thought: “Must post.” I think there’s more than a little Merton in this gorgeous reflection by a new Episcopal deacon, describing his ordination: One by one they came forward and one by one I […]

The way we were

posted by jmcgee

“It was a new thing for everybody. No one would call you ‘Deacon.’ Now it’s like it’s your first name.” — Deacon Silvio Mayo, recalling his ordination in 1976, as Salt Lake City prepares to ordain 21 new deacons today. […]

Let us pray. Or not.

posted by jmcgee

The esteemed George Weigel is steamed. In his latest column, the writer and pundit takes aim at a moment in the mass that belongs, properly, to the deacon — and which, in Weigel’s view, often leaves much to be desired. […]

Deacon rescued from Haiti: “I’m alive because of the grace of God”

posted by jmcgee

The Connecticut deacon who was rescued from the rubble in Haiti had a chance to tell his story yesterday: Prayers filled his thoughts for 10 hours as Chuck Dietsch awaited rescue or death. All around him, Dietsch heard screams. People […]

Judge not

posted by jmcgee

My brother deacon Scott Dodge posted a little rumination this weekend on judging.   I judge it to be something we all need to read and ponder: It is an indisputable article of Christian faith that you will be judged. Each […]

Following in the steps of Stephen

posted by jmcgee

Salt Lake City is preparing to ordain a new class of deacons, the first in several years: Twenty-one men will follow the steps of Saint Stephen when they are ordained as permanent deacons by the Most Rev. John C. Wester, […]

Connecticut deacon rescued from rubble in Haiti

posted by jmcgee

This news item popped up earlier today: Two Connecticut residents, including a deacon from Southbury, have been rescued from the wreckage after Haiti’s earthquake, the Hartford Courant reported on its Web site Wednesday morning. The executive director of Haitian Ministries […]

Let us pray: pictures from a retreat

posted by jmcgee

My classmate and pal Anthony Martucci had the presence of mind to actually use his camera while we were on retreat this weekend. Below are a couple choice shots. Thanks, Tony! Below is the lower chapel, where we celebrated mass […]

Back at the Bench

posted by jmcgee

Well, it didn’t look exactly like the picture above (which was taken a year ago) but Huntington’s seminary on Long Island is about the same, and we did have a nice dusting of snow on the ground for my weekend […]

Deacon wives, and threads of love

posted by jmcgee

They don’t get nearly enough attention, but the wives of deacons often play a critical role in their husbands’ ministry. Now, some wives and widows in Connecticut have embarked on a ministry of their own. From the Catholic Transcript newspaper: […]

A deacon on duty

posted by jmcgee

More and more deacons are finding themselves serving as police chaplains — and an Illinois newspaper has a case in point: When police respond to a serious accident or a terrible crime, who responds to the resulting grief? Often, that […]

Pope issues Motu Proprio on deacons — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

The Vatican issued a Motu Proprio yesterday — and part of it dealt with the diaconate. From Catholic News Agency: According to J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Denver, the new document clarifies the nature of a […]

A touch of grace

posted by jmcgee

The above photo is from the event I attended this morning: the ordination of five new transitional deacons at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island.  The gentleman in the picture, Alonzo Cox, is scheduled to be ordained a […]

Seeking refuge: deacon assists Burmese in Georgia

posted by jmcgee

It’s great to give a deacon some props — so I’m pleased to give a shout-out to a deacon in Atlanta who is doing some remarkable work with immigrants there: As metro Atlanta continues to grow and expand culturally, the […]

Deacon “snubs” Cherie Blair

posted by jmcgee

The Massachusetts deacon whose miraculous healing is clearing the way for Cardinal Newman’s beatification met with Tony Blair’s wife Cherie last month — and now he wishes he hadn’t: Cherie Blair has received a humiliating snub from a leading Roman […]

Judge, mayor, veterinarian…and deacon

posted by jmcgee

The resume of this Oklahoma deacon is nothing less than staggering: It’s hard for Oklahoma State Veterinary Professor Dr. James Breazile, 74, to go anywhere because once he does, those who get to know him don’t want to see him […]

“In our perseverance, we discern God’s Spirit…”

posted by jmcgee

“Now occasionally, God in his providential care permits us to experience severe pain and suffering, but in the final analysis, always for some greater good. The full weight of our sorrows, if patiently endured after Cardinal Newman’s example, often provides […]

Newman’s own: Deacon Jack visits Birmingham

posted by jmcgee

The American deacon who was healed through the intercession of John Henry Newman is now on Newman’s home turf: Deacon Jack Sullivan, whose miraculous healing in 2001 is the basis for Newman’s Beatification next year, has arrived in England on […]

“It’s something imprinted on your soul”

posted by jmcgee

“It’s holy orders.  It’s something that’s imprinted on your soul; you die with it. It’s throwing your hat in to a basket when it comes around, or the collection plate, and there it goes. That’s your soul. It just left. […]

Northern exposure: meet the Catholics of Alaska

posted by jmcgee

How do you run a diocese with just a few priests and hundreds of miles of territory to cover? The St. Anthony Messenger finds some fascinating answers in Alaska: Despite the shortage of priests, the Anchorage Archdiocese has 32 vibrant […]

Portland’s triple play: three new deacons

posted by jmcgee

Just in time for Halloween — and All Saints, of course — Portland ordained new deacons: In the Year of the Priest, last weekend was a time for deacons. Archbishop John Vlazny ordained three permanent deacons, Martin Larner, Jr., John […]

To serve and protect: from cop to deacon

posted by jmcgee

It’s not unusual for men who are called to police work to feel a similar call to serve others as deacons. Case in point, from Oregon: It was 10 years ago that Martin Larner drove his police motorcycle past St. […]

Message to deacons: “Contemplate the face of the Lord daily”

posted by jmcgee

An alert reader found this nugget buried among the many propositions that resulted from the just-finished Synod of Bishops of Africa: Permanent Deacons  This Synod has identified the service of Reconciliation justice and peace as the urgent face and form […]

If the Anglicans can do it, why can’t Catholic deacons?

posted by jmcgee

The God Googler Mike Hayes is continuing his googling up in Buffalo, and he’s taken the time to raise a question on many minds these days: we have welcomed married men who have had differences with us into our priestly […]

Deacons and the collar: the debate continues

posted by jmcgee

Judging from the e-mails I receive on this topic, this is a subject that never seems to grow old. The question: should deacons wear the collar? Last year, I posted a lengthy look at the question, with some sage insight […]

Two deacons in the family

posted by jmcgee

Some things run in the family — like religious vocations:  For Deacon Mark Gallagher, the ordination of his son, Charles, as a transitional deacon Oct. 8 in Rome was almost like father, like son. Mark Gallagher has been a permanent […]

“An Anglican petting zoo”?

posted by jmcgee

Not everyone is  enthralled with the remarkable new bridge that Rome has built across the Tiber. Deacon Eric Stoltz notes: The Vatican proposal appears to closely follow the old practice of “uniatism,” which is not–or up to this point, was […]

Looking for a clergy shirt? Be careful

posted by jmcgee

A company that sells clergy shirts offers this clever ad:

Check out this Catholic funeral

posted by jmcgee

After all the hand-wringing over Senator Kennedy’s funeral, a reader decided to send me something altogether different. I thought I’d post it and see what folks think.  It’s the webscast of the funeral of a sister, held earlier this week at […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“The faithful must be renewed, and those who have fallen away need to be invited back to the Church. We need to spread the kingdom of God to those without hope. Amid all of our prosperity, so many people are […]

Oops

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It’s nice to see this new ministry in a diocese getting some attention. But the errors contained in this article about deacons are really pretty embarrassing.

Shore thing: new deacons for Wilmington

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A diocese in Delaware is about to gain a new batch of deacons (just in time for All Saint’s Day — and the Advent-Christmas rush that will follow!) Details: Fifteen men from throughout Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore will soon […]

Deacon gets papal honor. (Oh, and Mother Angelica got one, too.)

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A congratulatory shout-out to two stalwarts in Catholic communications: Mother Angelica and Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN, who this weekend received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal.  There’s a complete write-up here that gives details. 

A deacon’s journey: “If you’re going to be a Catholic, you’d better be a good one”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

From a paper in Minnesota comes this profile of new deacon, who has a remarkable story to tell:  After six years of prayerful study, Vern Behrends recently preached his first homily at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, beginning with […]

“He was just a simple priest”: remembering the papal visit to Iowa in 1979

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Incredibly, it’s been almost exactly 30 years since Pope John Paul II made his historic trip to America’s heartland, celebrating mass at a farm in Iowa.  (“We are all farmers,” he said at one point.)   Well, the spirit of […]

Checking up on some pioneers: Indy’s first deacons, one year later

posted by deacon greg kandra

Last year, Indianapolis ordained its very first class of deacons. And you can find out how they’re doing right here.

The Indianapolis deacons, one year later

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Last year, I posted on the first class of deacons ever ordained for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.   One year on, how are they doing?  The archdiocesan paper takes a look:  A little more than one year after their landmark […]

Metropolitan Jonah and his amazing technicolor vestments

posted by deacon greg kandra

Amazing, indeed. Check out more here.

Metropolitan Jonah and his amazing technicolor vestments

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This comes from our Eastern Rite desk. Check out these vestments.  This is why God gave the world Kodachrome. 

Eureka! New deacons in California!

posted by deacon greg kandra

The story, and pictures, here.

On deacons: “They are absolutely critical”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A new batch of deacons is about to be ordained in California, and the local paper is catching on to something many of us have known for a while:  Armando Hernandez   Photo by David Bauman, The Press-Enterprise  As the […]

Lord, be close to your servants who move into this home…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This morning, I was invited by a couple in my parish to bless their apartment.  This is one of the many unexpected joys of being in ministry, and it gives me a chance to meet people — literally — “where […]

Welcome to “The Deacon’s Bench”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Well, here we are. To those of you who have been following “The Deacon’s Bench” at my previous address, welcome back! Good to have you here. Please excuse the boxes and bubble wrap. I hope to have the place tidied […]

An “Everyday” deacon?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A fella by the name of David Dawson dropped me a note with a link a short time ago. He’s the creator of a podcast and website called “The Everyday Catholic.” His latest installment is all about the diaconate. Give […]

“Deacons must always remember that their sacrament of marriage always will be first…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some of you may remember the back-and-forth we had here with the wife of a deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Some readers (including Your Humble Blogger) took issue with the archdiocese’s use of the designation “Deacon Couple.” The […]

Divine wine: deacon who runs a winery plans to add a chapel

posted by deacon greg kandra

An enterprising deacon from Arkansas already runs a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Now he’s building a place to pray. From the Texarkana Gazette: Those who subscribe to the claim that the ring of a bell heralds an angel’s receipt of […]

Speechless

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s what this fellow says we are, and he makes a very good, and very funny, point. Click and enjoy. H/T Brutally Honest by way of The Anchoress.

What does it take to be a deacon?

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.Moreover, they should be tested first;then, if there is nothing against them,let them serve as deacons.Women, […]

Sullivan’s travels: deacon cured by Newman will visit his oratory and grave

posted by deacon greg kandra

The deacon whose miraculous cure is leading to the beatification of John Henry Newman is about to make the most meaningful pilgrimage of his life, to Newman’s home and grave in England: Deacon Jack Sullivan of Massachusetts and his wife […]

“The deacon is a unique living sacramental sign…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This very fine essay by Joseph Michalak in the Catholic Spirit (the Archdiocesan paper of St. Paul/Minneapolis) offers a thoughtful and inspiring look at what it means to be a deacon: Whenever I tell people I work in the Office […]

A match made in heaven?

posted by deacon greg kandra

What happens when the son of one deacon meets the daughter of another deacon? Florida Catholic has the story: When Michael Fresneda arrived with his family to discuss the diaconate with Deacon Lazaro J. Ulloa at the Ulloa residence six […]

Three words about Ted Kennedy’s funeral

posted by deacon greg kandra

What? No deacons?

“Wonderful to meet you, Deacon. I’m Teddy Kennedy.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Triple D — Deacon Dr. William Ditewig — posted a fascinating personal remembrance of Ted Kennedy on his Facebook page last night. He told me he wrote it for his family. But with his permission, I post it below: I […]

This is how rumors get started

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yesterday, I posted on the proposed changes in the mass text, and how they might affect the deacon. A couple days earlier, I’d also put up a story about the Bishop of Tulsa deciding to celebrate mass ad orientem. This […]

Cardinal DiNardo to deacons: you are “irreplaceable”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An archdiocese with nearly 400 deacons (!) hosted an annual convocation for them recently. The scoop, from the Catholic Herald: Urged to continue being active in home parishes and in ministries supported by the archdiocese, more than 300 deacons and […]

Another diocese ordains its first deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

This item crackled over the wire last week while I was on vacation, but it deserves a resounding cheer from The Bench: Training to become a Catholic deacon took William Hisker from theology classes at St. Vincent College and into […]

Cardinal to deacons: “From a good disciple, a good missionary is born”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, the feast of St. Lawrence came and went on August 10th, but a leading figure at the Vatican has taken note: The Catholic Church increasingly relies on the ministry of permanent deacons, who must be experts in preaching the […]

From the e-mailbag: a deacon’s wife writes

posted by deacon greg kandra

As you can imagine, there’s lots of mail stacked up here at The Bench from the last two weeks. This note comes from the wife of a newly ordained deacon in Los Angeles, and she takes exception to my posting […]

Thinking about deacons in the Year for Priests

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader sent this my way: some intriguing thoughts from FOB Meredith Gould: And what’s up with calling Roman Catholics to pray for “spiritual perfection in priests”? Rather ambitious, don’t you think? I think we should start with more […]

“We are not overworked; we are overjoyed.” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, the responses to these articles on the diaconate in America have started to trickle in, and my personal favorite just might be this one, from Ron Hansen: The adjective “busy” seems to be increasingly attached to “deacon” because while […]

A deacon scam?

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’ve all gotten those e-mails from Nigeria. Now, here comes one from a Catholic deacon. (No, it’s not me…) Read on: Each message was the same. A deacon of the church was stranded in England without his wallet or money, […]

From the e-mailbag: what priests really think of deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

I got an e-mail this afternoon from a deacon who appreciated some of my thoughts here, in the current issue of America. Then he added this: Just before I was ordained in 2002 I asked one of our professors, a […]

Calling all deacons!

posted by deacon greg kandra

The good people at America magazine have devoted much of this current issue to the ministry of the diaconate. (I mentioned something about that earlier.) Now they’re asking for some response. When you have a moment, check out this link […]

A father-son team at the altar

posted by deacon greg kandra

Periodically, I’ve posted stories of father-son clergy members, where dad’s a permanent deacon and the son is a priest. (I’d love to find that situation reversed — what a story that would be!) Well, here’s one more, from Florida Catholic, […]

Made in Hong Kong: the budding diaconate of the East

posted by deacon greg kandra

With diaconate ordinations booming in this of the world, it’s useful (and sobering) to see what’s happening in Asia. (H/T to Deacon Chick) Take a look-see: Three permanent deacons have been ordained here as the diocese prays for more priestly […]

“I call your attention to the ministry of deacons…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s gratifying and humbling when a bishops salutes those other members of the clergy who aren’t priests or bishops — and this week, Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland doffs his miter to deacons: Pope Benedict XVI has asked Catholics the […]

Those other Deacons…

posted by deacon greg kandra

Ever met a Demon Deacon (besides the snarly one in your parish sacristy)? It’s the curious mascot for Wake Forest University, and someone has finally explained the character’s origins: There are some things at Wake Forest that are absolutely unique. […]

The modern diaconate in America (and, in “America”)

posted by deacon greg kandra

For your summer beach reading… The Catholic newsweekly America has just published a special issue on the diaconate, which features a thought or two from Your Humble Blogger, along with much saner and smarter people like William Ditewig and Scott […]

“Behind the Walls with the Man Behind the Stole”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader spotted this item and sent it my way: the compelling story of a New York deacon’s experiences as a prison chaplain, which he’s now chronicled in a book: David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz attended his first religious […]

The Newman miracle: one deacon’s “umerited gift” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Massachusetts deacon who was miraculously healed by the intercession of John Henry Newman is talking about the event that has lead to the late Cardinal’s beatification. Take a look: A day after Pope Benedict XVI ruled that John “Jack” […]

A deacon’s son becomes a deacon

posted by deacon greg kandra

An interesting bit of news from North Carolina, where a deacon is now the father of a deacon — on his way to the priesthood: After 10 years of discernment, Rev. Mr. Richard Sutter took a step closer to serving […]

A bright day for deacons in the Sunshine State

posted by deacon greg kandra

Two weeks ago, they ordained what the local paper has dubbed a “bumper crop” of deacons in Pensacola-Tallahassee. From Florida Catholic: God blessed the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee abundantly with a bumper crop of new permanent deacons June 20 when Bishop […]

Deacon Nixon & Deacon Nixon: a family that prays together

posted by deacon greg kandra

It sounds like an Abbott & Costello routine, but this is no joke: two men with the same name are deacons, a father and son, but soon the son will become a Father. Florida Catholic sorts it out: The Nixon […]

New England’s new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

Actually, it’s Worcester, to be precise. Just as in the days of the early Church, the diocese recently welcomed seven men into the diaconate. From the Catholic Free Press: An inspiration to return to the Catholic Church. An opportunity to […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

The beautiful image above, from Whispers, and the camera of Sam Lucero shows Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, embracing a newly ordained permanent deacon. Check out the rest of Lucero’s gorgeous and inspiring work at his website.

Nine new deacons for the City of Angels

posted by deacon greg kandra

And the ranks continue to grow. The diocesan paper, The Tidings, has the scoop on the “deacon couples”: Last Sunday, the feast of Corpus Christi, marked the beginning of a new life for Deacon Gustavo Catipon and his wife Elena. […]

Where were you 42 years ago today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Me, I was finishing the second grade at St. Peter’s School in Olney, Maryland. I could never have imagined what was transpiring in Rome that day, or how it would change my life. But leave it to Doc Mac to […]

Freshly brewed: Milwaukee’s new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brand new deacon — a reader from Milwaukee — sent along the picture below of his class, ordained this past weekend. The diocesan website has a nice write-up about the candidates and their wives. Details to come in the […]

Deacons near Disney World!

posted by deacon greg kandra

A thoughtful reader sent me the picture above, from the diaconate ordination for the Diocese of Orlando this past weekend. Fourteen permanent deacons and one transitional one received the sacrament of Holy Orders at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine […]

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