Ordination update: a record 21 new deacons for Rockford

The press release from last week says it all: The largest class of permanent deacons in the history of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford will be ordained this weekend before family and friends from across the 11-county Diocese. Bishop David J. Malloy will ordain 21 men to assist in the ministry of the Catholic Church through [Read More...]

The deacon who acts—and who is, in fact, an actor

Details:  When Deacon Glenn Netemeyer was preaching for just the third time at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers, the piece of paper he had written everything on blew off the lectern. “It just flew away in the fan breeze,” he recalled with a chuckle. “I looked at the crowd and they looked at me.” [Read More...]

Ordination update: 13 new deacons for Boston

From The Pilot:  As he ordained 13 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 20, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley recounted the history of the diaconate and his appreciation for their ministry. “In every diocese where I have worked, the presence of the dedicated permanent deacons has been such a great blessing. [Read More...]

“Deacons’ significance lies as much in who they are as what they do…”

You may remember the story from several days ago in Ireland, where a bishop bowed to protests and decided not to introduce the permanent diaconate in his diocese. Br. Martin Browne, OSB, has written excellent response in The Irish Catholic:  Some of those who were most vocal in their criticism of Bishop O’Reilly seemed to imply [Read More...]

A dal-what? The story behind the deacon’s vestment

  Wearing the dalmatic for Midnight Mass a few years ago, with my late pastor, Msgr. Joseph Funaro. Periodically, people ask me about that “robe” I wear during Mass. How come it has sleeves? What’s up with that?? My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer, thankfully, has found some interesting answers, courtesy Zenit and Fr. Edward McNamara. [Read More...]

What about Cupich and deacons?

A reader from Chicago wrote in this morning, wondering if anyone knows what sort of relationship the new Archbishop-elect has with his deacons. A little Googling turned up some diaconal news, like this story from a couple years ago: When he came to Spokane in June 2010, he left 12 years of experience as bishop in [Read More...]

Irish bishop bows to pressure, says he will postpone introduction of permanent deacons

Details:  Protests over the proposed introduction of a male-only lay ministry in the Catholic diocese of Killaloe have forced the local bishop to back down and postpone the move. In a letter read out in parishes on Sunday, Bishop Kieran O’Reilly acknowledged the concerns raised by lay women and groups in the western diocese about the [Read More...]

Here comes the judge: meet the deacon on the bench

Details: When the Honorable Marc R. Kellams speaks at the dinner following the Red Mass in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Sept. 24, he will bring the perspective of a Catholic deacon and a circuit judge in southern Indiana’s Monroe County. The Red Mass — an ancient custom dating back to the 13thcentury when the solemn [Read More...]

Do you use intinction?

I’ve never see this done in parishes around the United States, but Fr. Z took note of this practice during yesterday’s big wedding Mass at St. Peter’s: His Holiness, again, did not seem to distribute Communion. He doesn’t, you know. However, deacons distributed under both kinds and by intinction. Thus, no Communion in the hand.  Nota [Read More...]

“Every priest continues to be a deacon…for the Lord Himself became our minister, our deacon”

A reader sent along this homily that was delivered today by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the ordination of deacons who will one day be priests for the Congregation of Holy Cross.  It ties in beautifully with the feast we celebrate this day—and it offers some thoughtful insight into diakonia and [Read More...]