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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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He registered and spent four years in formation through the permanent diaconate program at St.
The permanent diaconate is not in competition with the priesthood; it's a supplement and complement.
In the permanent diaconate, we already can see the pressure and preparation that involves the wife every step of the way, from application through the six or seven years of formation prior to ordination, and the ongoing spiritual support for both partners.
The transitional diaconate, which confers the same duties as those of the permanent diaconate, is for men training for the priesthood.
Such organizations advocate for more local ecclesial autonomy, for bishops to be advised and assisted by laity as well as priests, for removing the celibacy vow from diocesan priests, and for reinstating women to the permanent diaconate.
Bishop Kevin said: "The Permanent Diaconate is a unique institution; Bishop Ambrose showed great vision in its reinstatement."
"The Permanent Diaconate is a unique institution and my predecessor Bishop Ambrose showed great vision in its re-instatement.
Edmonton--The Archbishop of Edmonton, Thomas Collins, has announced that he intends to begin a program for a permanent diaconate. The educational centre for the program will be Newman Theological College in the city.
The form of a permanent diaconate would be such as to free other ministers (presbyters and bishops) to perform the functions which more appropriately belong to their distinctive calling.
The training for the Permanent Diaconate is run by director Monsignor Austin Hunt who is based at All Saints Church in Anfield.
The permanent diaconate was reinstituted in the church after Vatican II.
In 1967 Pope Paul VI issued his apostolic letter Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem (General Norms for Restoring the Permanent Diaconate in the Latin Church).

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