Church Documents

Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons and the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (Vatican Congregations for Catholic Education and for the Clergy, 1998)

National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005; publication of new edition is pending)

Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem (Norms for Restoring the Permanent Diaconate in the Latin Church, Pope St. Paul VI, 1967)

Ad Pascendum (Pope St. Paul VI, 1972)

Ministeria Quaedam (Pope St. Paul VI, 1972)

Deacons: Active Apostles of the New Evangelization (Pope St. John Paul II, 2000)

From the Diakonia of Christ to the Diakonia of the Apostles (International Theological Commission, 2002)

Leaven Columns

One man’s gifts keep on giving through diaconal program here

Lent calls us to find God in the silence

Deacons serve with a father’s heart

Deacons can be ‘companions’ to us all on our journey of faith

How can we foster communion during this universal separation?

Few are called to give homilies, but we’re all called to receive them

Diaconate originates with ‘the seven’ chosen by the apostles

Are permanent deacons necessary?

Deacons are uniquely poised to be a bridge for hurting people

St. Francis’ ministry as a deacon left lasting legacy

Deacons serve as bridge between the church and the world

Deacons must resist conservative versus liberal quagmire

Deacons serve as bridge between church and laity

Unique vantage point helps deacon identify needs

Diaconate flourishes with help of archdiocesan gifts

New deacons make their debut in parishes, in ministries

Deacons-to-be prepare to ‘close’ on service to archdiocese

Early church’s use of deaconesses being studied by commission

Embarrassment of riches will bear fruit for the church

Holy Spirit helped several deacons through their ‘firsts’

Deacons’ work in early church still much-needed today

Deacons, both on the altar and in training, can use prayers

There’s still time to check things off your ‘Becket list’

Christians must give both truth and compassion their due

New evangelization is work of the entire church

All Catholics — not just clergy — are called to preach

Learning to play good defense, or lessons St. Joseph taught me

Christ insists that our compassion inform our lives

Liturgy of the Hours helps us make an offering of our day

Church calls us to accompany the journey of the elderly

Seven habits of highly effective deacon candidates

Deacon heralds Resurrection at Easter Vigil Mass

Pope calls for homilies that invite us to grow in love

A peek at a day in the life of deacon candidates

Deacons are ministers of god’s merciful love

We must be bridges —not obstacles —to meeting Christ

Deacons remind us all to more closely imitate Christ

Discern your vocation, whatever it may be

Deacons are heralds of the Gospel

Deacons represent clerical service in a special way

Book Recommendations

A Deacon’s Retreat (Dcn. James Keating)

The Heart of the Diaconate (Dcn. James Keating)

Understanding the Diaconate (Bishop W. Shawn McKnight)

Encountering Christ the Servant: A Spirituality of the Diaconate (Dcn. Dominic Cerrato)

The Character of the Deacon (Dcn. James Keating, ed.)

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