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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]