Serving at table: the deacon who used to be the chef for Cèline Dion

I love this story, from The Catholic Review in Baltimore: If you’re looking for a unique, Maryland-related gift for Christmas, perhaps the place to start is at a parish gift shop, such as the one nestled into the Sexton’s Lodge at America’s first cathedral. Next to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption [Read More...]

Meet the deacon who was sheriff

From the Kane County Chronicle  in Illinois: The Kenneth Ramsey most people know is a tough guy. He was a lawman for 35 years, first in Batavia, then as a sheriff’s deputy, eventually serving as sheriff of Kane County from 1994 to 2006. Ramsey also was a soldier, with 41 years in the U.S. Army and [Read More...]

Students find the perfect way to honor a deacon’s memory

What a great tribute:  Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the adjoining Our Lady of Angels Regional School had the great fortune to have the late Deacon David Fosbenner in their midst for the four years he served the parish before his death this past fall of lung cancer. “He just [Read More...]

Diocese in U.K. issues directory on permanent deacons

And it makes for interesting reading. Among other things, across the pond they suggest “Rev. Deacon” as a form of address, and advocate wearing a cassock, cotta (a.k.a., surplice) and stole for baptisms and weddings. But that’s for starters. There’s much more about the faculties accorded the deacon, his formation, and the discernment of candidates (including [Read More...]

Deacon wins fight against HHS mandate

You may remember the story of Deacon Greg Hall from last year. (This deacon from Texas also made news a few years back, for his work helping to rescue the trapped Chilean miners. ) Now, an update: The U.S District Court for the District of Minnesota issued a permanent injunction in the case of Rev. Mr. (Deacon) Gregory [Read More...]

A Deacon’s Prayer

I attended a deacon vicariate meeting tonight and this beautiful prayer was given to us on a holy card. It is credited to Deacon Lazaro J. Ulloa.  A Deacon’s Prayer Come to my assistance my Lord and my God, that I may do for You all that you ask. Strengthen me in adversity and do [Read More...]

How one deacon answered the call

Photo: by Barrett Stinson/The Independent An interesting glimpse into one deacon’s life, from The Grand Island Independent in Nebraska: According to Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under the sun.” Don Placke of Central City has discovered that his season has come in his 60s and 70s, not [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

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...]