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DEACON, Eccl. law. A minister or servant in the church whose office, in some churches, is to assist the priest in divine service, and the distribution of the sacrament.

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For the first time, the Church in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) has ordained women to the deaconate.
There is a new deaconate formation, and my husband has been waiting for one.
The Polish priest is not pessimistic about the future of the church when he looks at "the big arm of lay people and the permanent deaconate.
Steinfels suggested opening the question of ordination of women to the deaconate.
Moreover, said Sullins, "the rapidly growing involvement of lay persons in pastoral care activities that just a generation ago were largely confined to priests" combined with the growth in the permanent deaconate "counteract to some extent the declining availability of clergy"
More than a dozen other laity are enrolled in ongoing lay formation, a prerequisite for the upcoming deaconate program.
She had shown up at Christ the King Cathedral during a deaconate ordination, which church leaders claimed was an "invitation-only" event.
2 demonstration during a deaconate ordination service at Christ the King Cathedral, in which police were summoned to remove Janice Sevre-Duszynska and three other advocates of women's ordination.
Three Vatican departments acted in response to plans in the United States and elsewhere to "directly or indirectly" prepare women for the deaconate.
He said that despite recent Vatican pronouncements barring discussion of women priests, the ordination of women to the deaconate remains open for discussion.