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“Are You Leaving Again?”—Balancing Ministry and Family

“Are You Leaving Again?”—Balancing Ministry and Family

“Fine…abandon us,” my daughter says to me in her mock-sarcastic voice. Or is it actually a really sarcastic voice? I still can’t always be sure (even though she is approaching...

The Gift of Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

The Gift of Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

There have been many blessings in the diaconal formation process. One of these gifts is praying the Liturgy of the Hours every morning and evening.This collection of psalms, canticles, readings...

Praying in Community

Praying in Community

Something that’s changed significantly for me over the past four years is my prayer life. Before accompanying my husband through his formation, I prayed daily, sometimes at length.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

As I reflected on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi a few weeks ago, I found myself drawn to Melchizedek, and headed out onto the Internet to see what I could...

Deaconomics 101

Deaconomics 101

I work with a pastor whose faith in Providence is unshakable. No matter what the problem—a leaky roof, a sudden change in personnel, a scheduling conflict—he assures us with calm...

Formation and Change

Formation and Change

A wise deacon once said to me that the success of the formation process for the deacon candidate is not so much about where he starts out, but rather the...

Formation: A “Surprising” Experience

Formation: A “Surprising” Experience

Shortly after beginning my aspirant year (the first year of formation when one is aspiring to the permanent diaconate), I was asked by the wife of a deacon what surprised...

The Journey

The Journey

The journey of discerning the call to the Permanent Diaconate is not one that is traveled solely by the man who is called.

The Deacon Farmer

The Deacon Farmer

For most permanent deacons, ordination introduces an added vocation into their family and professional lives. The Church fashioned the permanent diaconate as a unique way to mingle men who have...

Stephen

Stephen

Growing up, I had very little understanding or experience of the Christian religion, in any of its forms. In the sixties and seventies it was easy to fall through the...

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