Posts Tagged ‘Deacons’

“Apprentice” deacons disrespect diaconate and priesthood

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
diaconate deacons

In an October 2023 interview, Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said that the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality raised the question of “reimaging” or “revisioning” the diaconate as a whole. It is precisely such a “revisioning” that many historians and theologians of the diaconate have been Read more

‘Excuse me, Your Eminence, she has not finished speaking’

Monday, November 20th, 2023

Without doubt, the best line to emanate from the Synod on Synoldality is “Excuse me, Your Eminence, she has not finished speaking.” That sums up the synod and the state of the Catholic Church’s attitude toward change. In October, hundreds of bishops, joined by lay men and women, priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers met Read more

Permanent deacons are an antidote to clericalism

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
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Permanent deacons whose ministry focuses on service to the poor and hurting is an antidote to clericalism within the church. Their service illustrates that “to love is to serve and to serve is to reign,” Pope Francis says. Francis made the comment when he met most of the Diocese of Rome’s 137 permanent deacons, their Read more

Priest’s ordination at Dachau concentration camp

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Priests were among the thousands of prisoners held at Dachau concentration camp during World War II, permanent deacons and their families were told during the 2018 National Diaconate Conference in New Orleans. The priests came from from 144 dioceses and 25 countries and were about a third of the camp’s total population. Of the around Read more

Pope warns against clericalism in making laity deacons

Friday, May 20th, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis has spoken about sexual abuse, the Society of St Pius X and clericalising laity by making them deacons. Pope Francis told French newspaper La Croix that it is often a mistake to “clericalise” talented laity by turning them into deacons. “In Buenos Aires, I have known many good priests Read more

10 Pacific Regional Seminary students ordained deacon

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Ten students of Pacific Regional Seminary of St Peter Chanel were ordained deacon by Soane Cardinal Mafi of Tonga on Sunday 8th May in at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva, Fiji. The deacons come from six different Pacific Island nations. Three were ordained for the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia. Two are members of the Congregation of Read more

English bishops say no to ordaining married men as priests

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The bishops of England and Wales have rejected a proposal to ordain married men to the priesthood. Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle proposed the motion at the bishops’ plenary meeting last month. He did this on behalf of the Council of Priests in his diocese. The proposal was rejected after a “thoughtful discussion”, Read more

Six Deacons ordained in Suva

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Archbishop of Suva, Petero Mataca, has ordained six deacons – four Fijian and two Solomon Islanders. The ordinations took place in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva on Sunday 22 April. The six men are studying to become priests. The Fijians are training for the Diocesan priesthood while the Solomon Islanders are to be priests Read more

Mike Ryan, NZ’s first permanent Catholic deacon, passes away.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Reverend Mike Ryan, the first ordained permanent deacon of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, died in Rotorua last Tuesday. “I lost a very dear friend this week. We had known each other for only a few years but we got together regularly to talk about life and faith and all sorts of other Read more