Ordination update: 6 new deacons for San Bernardino

This arrived in my in-box this morning, from Rich Herbst, Episcopal Master of Ceremonies in San Bernardino: Six new permanent deacons ordained for the Diocese of San Bernardino this past Saturday, November 22.  Pictured with Bishop Gerald Barnes are (left to right) Deacons Andrew Orosco, Brooke Wagner, Mark Padilla, Manuel Rivas, Porfirio Diaz, and Mark [Read More...]

Bishop vs. deacon arm-wrestling match

Can you guess who won? Details:  There were no 1980s Rocky Balboa training montages and no official weigh-in for contenders during the inaugural Man Alive arm-wresting challenge. But in the title fight, the “Melee on Main Street,” Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria squared off against Deacon Paul Goo in an epic bout.Before the match, I [Read More...]

The deacon symbolizes “the care of Christ for those who need to be nourished”

Someone passed this along: A very good piece on the diaconate by Fr. Jan Larson in The Inland Register, diocesan publication of Spokane: Occasionally a bishop will ordain men to the order of deacon, one of the ministries included in the sacrament of Holy Orders. Many of these deacons are called “permanent” because they normally [Read More...]

RIP, Deacon Sam Taub, ordained in 1973: “He was exactly what a deacon is called to be”

An email with this news arrived last night, and now there’s an obit from the Arlington Catholic Herald:  Deacon Samuel M. Taub, one of the longest serving deacons in the Arlington Diocese, died Nov. 17 at his McLean home surrounded by family. He was 93. Funeral arrangements were still pending as the Catholic Herald went [Read More...]

Pope commissions showers for the homeless under the colonnades at St. Peter’s

Remarkable:  “Father, I can’t go to the restaurant with you because I smell.” Franco is a homeless man from Sardinia, he has a bristly grey beard and weather-beaten skin. At the beginning of October, he was the one who explained to a bishop, who invited him to dinner to celebrate his birthday, what the biggest [Read More...]

How a man’s job at a Lutheran company led him closer to his Catholic faith—and to the diaconate

From North Texas Catholic, further proof that God writes straight with crooked lines: Deacon Doug Wuenschel, who retired as a deacon five years ago but has worked at Immaculate Conception Church and the University of North Texas in Denton, as well as at the University of Dallas in Irving, said working for a Lutheran company [Read More...]

Pope urges all the ordained to serve with humility

And—big headline here—he mentioned deacons. From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis today urged bishops, priests and deacons always to be humble and to recognize that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy. Speaking at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said the Lord continues to shepherd his flock with love through the [Read More...]

Deacon, are you an “unprofitable servant”?

From the pope’s homily this morning: We must resist temptations that distance us from our service to others. Instead, like Jesus, we must serve without asking for anything in return and avoid transforming our service “into a power structure”. This was the focus of Pope Francis’s reflections at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta. [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons for Phoenix—UPDATED

An email arrived last night: Yesterday, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, ordained eight men to the diaconate:  Peter Richard Auriemma, Christopher Georges, Andrew Gilliland, Dennis Lambert, Frank Nevarez, Richard Nevins, Mark Veazie, Jose Angel Torres. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!  You can read profiles of the new deacons at [Read More...]

Ordination update: 3 new deacons for La Crosse

Details:  Three men of faith were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of La Crosse on Oct. 25 – but to tell by the size of the congregation, it could almost have been 30 men. Gathering at the Mass for Ordination to the Diaconate, more than 400 family and friends poured into the Cathedral [Read More...]