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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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Donovan objects to the fact that the church currently confines the permanent diaconate to men.
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.
Western Canadian dioceses have been slow in embarking upon a permanent diaconate program compared to dioceses in the East, principally because certain influential priests kept telling themselves and others that the ordination of women was just a matter of time (see below).
The CNI should have a full-time paid permanent diaconate not to replace the work of voluntary part-time lay leadership.
The training for the Permanent Diaconate is run by director Monsignor Austin Hunt who is based at All Saints Church in Anfield.
Vasek said he kept silent on the alleged abuse for roughly four decades, when in either 2009 or 2010 he first revealed it to a priest from another diocese with whom he was discussing his potential decision to enter the permanent diaconate.
Deacon Bill walks the reader through a brief history of how and why the permanent diaconate was restored by Vatican II.
WORCESTER - The Diocese of Worcester will ordain eight area men to the permanent diaconate, just a week after four were elevated to the Roman Catholic priesthood.
The permanent diaconate was universally restored by Paul VI's motu proprio Ad pascendum (August 15, 1972) http://www.

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