“Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.” (CCC 1570)
You don’t think you are called to the priesthood? That’s okay! There is a real need for deacons. The Permanent Diaconate maybe the way to serve the Church!
If you think you are called to the Diaconate, contact your pastor and then the Director of Diaconate Formation for the Diocese of Rochester!
Check out the Diocese of Rochester Diaconate page here.
“So the twelve summoned the community of disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we neglect the Word of God to serve tables. So, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we will put in charge of this need. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” And the statement pleased the whole group, and they chose Stephen (a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit), and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus (a convert from Antioch), whom they stood before the apostles. And they prayed and placed their hands on them.” (Acts 6:2-6)