Office Of The Diaconate
The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is responsible for all aspects associated with vocations to the permanent diaconate, the formation of men and the ongoing formation and coordination of the Dioceses permanent diaconate community. The Coordinator of Vocations facilitates the processes involved in the recruitment and selection of candidates.
What Is A Deacon?
A deacon is a man who is called by God through the Church and ordained by his bishop to serve the needs of God’s people. If a married man is called to the diaconate, his wife must consent and support his decision to seek formation and ordination. As Catholics, we believe that each ordained deacon is conformed through the sacramental grace of Holy Orders into the image of Jesus the Servant.
Why We Need Deacons
The complete divine structure of the Church requires the unique and irreplaceable ministry of bishops, priests, deacons, laity and religious to work together in building up our community of faith. Each state of the Church contributes in a unique way to its mission. Therefore, deacons are the sacramental sign of Christ’s Ministry of Service on behalf of the Church and the world.
Deacons are messengers. They are go-betweens, they are intermediaries. I see deacons as spiritual entrepreneurs in getting ministries started that are needed but currently don’t exist.
- Bishop Shawn McKnight, Jefferson City, Missouri