The deacon's ministry is "to bring God's Word to believer and unbeliever alike, to preside over public prayer, to baptise, to assist at marriages and bless them. To give viaticum to the dying, and to lead the rites of burial. Once he is consecrated by the laying on of hands, he will perform works of charity in the name of the Bishop". The deacon is "to celebrate faithfully the liturgy of hours for the Church and for the whole world." (Rite of Ordination of a Deacon).
A suitable candidate for the Permanent Diaconate will have Jesus Christ central to his life
What part does the Eucharist play in my life at the moment?
How and for how long do I pray?
A suitable candidate for the Permanent Diaconate will not only want to serve others but already will be involved in some kind of ministry in his parish.
How involved am I in my parish?
What leadership roles do I have now?
How do I balance ministry, family and work?
A suitable candidate for the Permanent Diaconate will be capable of Tertiary Studies.
Have I satisfactorily completed my secondary schooling?
Do I have a desire for further learning?
What evidence do I have that indicates that I am capable of tertiary study?
A suitable candidate for the Permanent Diaconate will be a good communicator, ready to listen deeply to another, ready to initiate conversation where necessary, ready to put himself out to be of service.
In what way am I willing to listen to others?
Am I willing to take the first steps towards another, even if I feel shy or even a little embarrassed?
Am I willing to let go of what I am doing to help another if needed?
A suitable candidate for the Permanent Diaconate will be ready to accommodate to the needs of the Diocese.
Am I ready to uproot and move if that is what the Bishop asks?
If I am married, is my wife supporting me in my desire to become a Deacon?
Am I willing to give up most Sundays of my life in service of the Church?
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If you feel that maybe this is where God is calling you, you need to make contact with the Vocations Director in your Diocese or the person in charge of the Permanent Diaconate.