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FAQ about the ministry of the permanent diaconate

Permanent deacons are ordained ministers of the Catholic Church.


Who can apply?

Mature men of good health, active in parish life and informed in their Catholic faith: open to personal, spiritual theological and ministerial formation over at least four years.

 As servants of the Word of God they will proclaim the Gospel in the liturgy, preach the homily, pray the prayer of the faithful and participate in sacramental programs.
As servants of the Word of God they will proclaim the Gospel in the liturgy, preach the homily, pray the prayer of the faithful and participate in sacramental programs.

What roles will an ordained deacon take on?

An ordained deacon will be appointed to one parish and may be asked to prepare parents and candidates for Baptism, couples for marriage and conduct funerals. As servants of the Word of God they will proclaim the Gospel in the liturgy, preach the homily, pray the prayer of the faithful and participate in sacramental programs. As servants of charity ordained deacons can be chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities, armed services and visit the sick.

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As servants of charity ordained deacons can be chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities, armed services and visit the sick.

 What is the study commitment?

Suitable applicants will be required to complete a tertiary degree in theology as well as participate with their spouses in regular monthly formation sessions offered through the Diocese of Parramatta over the four or more years of study. Deacons must be willing to take part in formation opportunities after ordination.

 

What are the age restrictions?

If unmarried, men must be at least 25 years of age when they are accepted and no more than age 60 at time of ordination.

If married, at least 35 years of age, married for at least seven years and be no more than age 60 at time of ordination. Applicants must also have the full support of their spouse and family, and their parish priest.

 

 

 

 

Handbooks with further details of criteria and the role are available from Cecilia Zammit in the Chancery tel (02) 8838 3431, 0427 268 699.  


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