Here’s an interesting article on the Permanent Diaconate in the USA. I always felt that it was a “calling by God to serve His Church and people” that motivated me to try to become an ordained deacon. This April 25, the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, I will celebrate 30 years of diaconate service!
Here is an excerpt from the article:
What is it that draws men to this ministry of service?
Pope St. John Paul II said in 1993 that the diaconate responded to a deeper need “for a greater and more direct presence of Church ministers in the various spheres of the family, school, etc., in addition to existing pastoral structures.” Deacon Dubois sees this in men approaching the diaconate.
“The men who aspire to become deacons have experienced this same deep-felt need in their own lives as husbands, fathers, neighbors and employees,” he said. “For them, the diaconate becomes the means of finally answering this vocational call to serve others.”
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