What is a Deacon?

about_deacon1_photoA man who has been called forth to live the Christian life visibly. He is an ordained person living in the lifestyle of the laity.

The Deacon’s service is threefold; service of the Word, service of the altar and service of charity. He usually serves the community in which he resides in. Like Bishops and Priests, the Deacon is a member of the clergy, but he has a distinct role. Bishops, aided by Priests, preside over and govern the particular local churches. The role of the Deacon is to be a helper of Bishops and Priests in service to the People of God, proclaiming by his very life the Church’s call to serve the needs of others.

Well over 90 percent of Deacons are married. Thus the typical Deacon attempts to balance three priorities in his life: the responsibility of Husband and father, his job or profession by which he earns a living or supplements retirement income and his ministry as an ordained Deacon. The springboard of service and spirituality for most Deacons is his lifelong commitment to his wife in the Sacrament of Matrimony. A number of Deacons are single men and widows.
English Printable Diaconate Formation Program Application
Solicitud del Programa de Formación del Diaconado para imprimir en español
Guidelines for Aspirancy Years and Candidacy

Policy Handbook for the Permanent Diaconate