What is a Catholic Deacon?
Deacons, by virtue of their sacramental ordination and through their various ministries, are called to be servants in a servant- Church. They are dedicated to the people of God in communion with the bishop and his priests, in the service of the Word, Liturgy and charity. Deacons are a sacramental sign of Christ the servant in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the family. They are a unique witness and official presence of the church within the broader community. A Deacon is ordained by the Bishop to work together with the priests and lay leaders of the Church. He is an enabler who encourages all baptised to use their gifts in the service of Christ.
What does a Deacon do?
As ministers of the Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach and teach in the name of the Church. As ministers of Sacrament, deacons baptise, lead the faithful in prayer, witness marriages and conduct funeral services. As ministers of Charity, deacons identify the needs of others, as marshall the Church’s resources to meet those needs. Whatever specific functions a deacon performs, they flow from his sacramental identity. In other words, it is not WHAT a deacon does, but WHO a deacon is, that is important.
Become a Deacon
The applicant for the diaconate in the Diocese of Broken Bay should be a man who:
- Is committed to and lives out of Gospel values
- Has shown leadership qualities in parish/Diocesan ministry
- Is no younger than 35 and no older than 60 to enter the program
- Is identified by his parish community as a person of service, values and justice
- If married, is in a stable happy marriage and whose wife and children support him in pursuing the diaconate
- Is capable of giving serious attention and time to theological study, spiritual formation and ministry
- Has a stable work history
- Has a positive attitude towards the Church and is flexible in adapting to the future needs of the Church
- Is formally presented for the diaconate by his pastor who sees that he is mentored during the years of formation
To find out more about the Permanent Diaconate, contact:
Fr Jim McKeon
Ph: 02 9410 9000