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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The mission God has given is one of proclamation, liturgy, deaconry, education, and stewardship.
Each new cardinal then approached the Holy Father and kneeling before him received the cardinal's biretta and was assigned a title or deaconry.
And they would have space in the parsonage for a deaconry as well.