Vocations Awareness Week 2014: Permanent Diaconate

08/08/2014

Vocations Awareness Week 2014: Permanent Diaconate
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

Catholic Outlook August 2014

In the Diocese of Parramatta two men are aspirants for the Permanent Diaconate: Roque Dias with his wife, Gemma, and Thong Nguyen with his wife, Bich-Chi. The men were instituted as lectors on Trinity Sunday this year.

While the diaconate has been around since the days of the apostles, the Permanent Diaconate was founded by Pope Paul VI in 1972. Prior to that, the ministry was a stepping stone for men on the path to priesthood – transitional deacons.

The establishment of the Permanent Diaconate opened up holy orders to married men who felt called to a life of ordained ministry.

Historically, the deacon serves as the eyes and ears of the bishop and in practical ways as the heart and hands. He is a ‘go-between’ as it were between the secular and the Church.

Deacons are ‘intermediaries’, informing the community of the bishop’s wishes and, in return, conveying what the community reflects to the bishop.

In the Diocese of Parramatta, this ordained ministry is open to single men over the age of 21 and married men of 35 years and over.

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If you would like to know more about this ordained ministry please contact Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM, Director of Vocations for the Permanent Diaconate, tel (02) 9637 1062, stoliva@bigpond.net.au

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