Deacons

The Permanent Diaconate was restored as an active and stable ministry in the Church by the Second Vatican Council. The Deacon, by virtue of the Sacrament of the Holy Orders, is constututed as a Sacred minister of the Church, working under the direction of the Diocesan Bisho and cooperatively with the presbyterate of the Diocese.  As such, "the permanent deacon was meant to be an expression of the needs and desires of the Christian communities, a driving force for the Church's service or diakonia toward the local Christian communities, and a sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ Himself, who "came, not to be served, but to serve." (The Rites of the Catholic Church as Revised by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Church Volumed Two, page 11)

"Strengthened by sacramental grace, they have as their service for the people of God, in communion with the Bishop and the presbyterate, the diakonia of liturgy, word and charity." (Lumen Gentium no. 29 (DOL 4 no. 149) As a public person of the Church who has promised obediene to the Bishop, the deacon must exercise his minstry responsibly, creatively, and in accordance with the mind of the Church and the Bishop.

Because he has receive the sacrament of Holy Orders, and because he has promised obedience o the Bishop and his successors, the question for the deacon is no longer, "will I serve," but rather, "how will I be called upon to serve?"

(Diaconate Handbook - Diocese of Corpus Christi)

 
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