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Permanent Diaconate Explained
PathwaysThe Permanent Diaconate is an ordained role in the Catholic Church. 

The permanent deacon, who may be single or married, dedicates his life to serving others. His ministry of service focuses on three areas: assisting at the altar in the celebration of the sacraments; preaching the Word of God and leading people in prayer; and reaching out in loving service to the practical and spiritual needs of others, especially of the poor and those outside the normal confines of the Church.

Traditionally the permanent deacon works closely with his diocesan bishop. Most permanent deacons, in practice, serve the greater part of their time within their home parish. But there are many who work as chaplains in schools, prisons, hospitals, etc. Others are in full-time employment where their work is itself ‘diaconal’: teachers, social workers, nurses, doctors, etc. Their ordination brings a specific grace that allows their life of service to be consecrated in a special way.

Fr Stephen Wang, How to Discover your Vocation, CTS

“The Permanent Diaconate, restored by the Second Vatican Council, in complete continuity with ancient tradition and the specific decision of the Council of Trent, has flourished in these last decades in many parts of the Church – with promising results, especially for the urgent missionary work of the New Evangelisation”

Declaration of the Congregation of the Clergy, Rome 1998


We hope this information will be of help but it is unlikely to be any real substitute for the personal contact required to explore a vocation. Therefore we have group meetings or one-to-ones with no commitment - feel free to ring Father Mark Hogan on 01256 323595 or click here to email.

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