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A deacon’s ministry behind bars

Deacon Richard Tolcher, left, and Deacon Gregory Pecore pray with inmates at Clayton County Prison in Lovejoy, Ga. (photo: Clayton County Prison/Michael Alexander) Sister Camille D’Arienzo has a regular column in NCR, and this week she speaks with Deacon Richard Tolcher, 71, Director of the Prison and Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Snip:  When [Read More...]

Archbishop of Malta approves ordination of permanent deacons

Details:  “Society needs a church that is credible, that is representative of society and that is not afraid of getting its hands dirty. It needs to address the different realities faced by society today and be present throughout the joys and sorrow of the people. Appointing permanent deacons is hopefully one of many steps the [Read More...]

Bishop dedicates parish center named for a deacon

What a wonderful tribute.  From Today’s Catholic News, the website for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: A dream that has been in the making for a decade has now come to fruition. St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Columbia City has completed construction on the long awaited Deacon Joseph Zickgraf Community Center. Bishop Kevin [Read More...]

A little time with the Little Sisters

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent tonight with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village, leading their monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. They were warm and welcoming, despite the steady autumn drizzle that I suspect kept a lot of people at home tonight. I’m also told that the house was a little emptier; [Read More...]

Ordination update: 5 new deacons for Detroit

From The Michigan Catholic:  As Deacon Paul Nickels stood before a cathedral full of family, friends and well-wishers Oct. 4 to reflect on four years of prayer, study and discernment, his voice caught. He, along with four others, had just been ordained by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of [Read More...]

A deacon is robbed—and grace takes hold

My friend Deacon John Gerke of Cincinnati was the victim of a break-in at his home this weekend. This morning, he posted on Facebook the press release that was issued by the St. Bernard, Ohio police on behalf of him and his wife Colleen. I reprint it here with his permission. It is, in every sense, extraordinary: [Read More...]

Indianapolis diaconate booming: “This is seeing God’s work”

Just six years after the first class was ordained, the diaconate in the archdiocese is showing strength and growth. Details:  Ten years ago, 25 men from across central and southern Indiana began a formation program through which they would be ordained in 2008 as the first permanent deacons in the history of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. A decade [Read More...]

Who can bless what?

This topic comes up from time to time, and it emerged again this week in an online Q&A: Q. At a family discussion, the following question came up: Can anyone other than a priest or deacon do a Catholic blessing? (Baltimore)A. As your question would suggest, aside from certain blessings reserved to a bishop (e.g., [Read More...]

“Prayer is water for a desperate and parched world”

Last weekend, I delivered three talks to the convocation for deacons in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The theme: “Preaching with a Deacon’s Heart.” It was a great weekend, with a wonderful community of deacons and their wives. The convocation took place in Ocean Shores, WA—a couple hours from downtown Seattle, with the Pacific just a [Read More...]