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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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Investigation of the lived experiences of the permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, PA.
National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of the Permanent Deacon in the United States (2005).
Catherine's and our church." Schmalen is a parishioner of the parish and her husband, Hank, serves as a Permanent Deacon.
(One of our daughters remarked recently that she has never set foot inside a public school on a weekday.) After decades of active lay ministry in the church, including various marriage enrichment programs, I was called to the diaconate, was ordained a permanent deacon in 2009, and completed my master's degree in theology in 2011.
Towards the end of the mass, the Bishop introduced Deacon Bernard Morgan, recently ordained as a permanent deacon for the diocese and said he had asked Bernard to work with the parishes in Redcar to assist and support its priests and communities.
I was approached by my parish priest and asked if I would like to become a permanent deacon.
I have a friend who is a permanent deacon. He's a former Marine, and though he is wonderfully kind, he can also turn on his military face and voice to let you know when he means business.
Barth pronounced first vows on September 8, 1963 in Arlington Heights and was ordained a Permanent Deacon on September 13, 2003 by Bishop Joseph Imesch in Joliet, IL.
By contrast, Poland did not ordain its first permanent deacon until 2003, and India not until 2006.
Augustine's Church in Millville and was their Permanent Deacon and Office Manager at the time of his death.
It has some 440,000 Catholics in 90 parishes with 189 diocesan and religious priests, 143 sisters and brothers and one permanent deacon.

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