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The Second Vatican Council’s restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the late 1960s opened the door for the more than 30,000 deacons currently serving the Catholic Church world-wide. The Paulist Press Diaconate Collection offers resources for deacons as well as insight into this vital Catholic ministry. Study the history and development of the diaconate from the earliest days of the Church to the present. Learn about notable deacons throughout history. Understand the deacon’s role in the Church, and take advantage of the many resources for deacons offered in this collection. With contributors comprising archbishops, bishops, priests, deacons, theologians, and scholars, The Paulist Press Diaconate Collection is an essential part of any deacon’s library.

In the Verbum editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Interested in more resources for deacons? Take a look at Timeless Homilies for Deacons (3 vols.), also from Paulist Press.

Key Features

  • Provides resources for deacons
  • Surveys the history and development of the diaconate
  • Offers insight into the role of deacons in the Church

Product Details

  • Title: Paulist Press Diaconate Collection
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 1,643
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Ministry Resources

Individual Titles

Deacons and the Church

  • Author: Owen F. Cummings
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Deacons and the Church presents a popular narrative history of the Order of the Diaconate in the Catholic Church from its dawn on the biblical scene in the Acts of the Apostles through the “golden age” of deacons in the fifth century. With the emergence of the “cultic priesthood,” the diaconate as a unique and discrete member of the clergy declined into a transitional role—but never disappeared.

The Second Vatican Council restored the Order of Deacon to a “full and permanent” membership in the clergy, along with priests and bishops. Now, 30,000 deacons serve the Church throughout the world and remain the fastest-growing clerical rank within the Latin Church. Owen F. Cummings reflects on how this surge in the membership of the Order of Deacons will affect the Church in the years to come.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

The Deacon at Mass

  • Author: William T. Ditewig
  • Edition: Second
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 126

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This second edition of The Deacon at Mass situates the role of the Deacon at Liturgy based on the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal. A step-by-step handbook for deacons through the Eucharistic celebration, this text looks at everything a deacon must do (read the gospel), may do (preach a homily), and may never do (sing the concluding doxology). Study questions follow each chapter. This second edition includes the final English translations, questions raised by readers and reviewers of the original edition, and an expanded introduction that addresses specific issues related to the preparation and translation of liturgical books in general. In addition, each subsequent chapter includes references and guidance related to the approved English translation.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

The Deacon Reader

  • Author: James Keating
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 304

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

James Keating presents a collection of essays that are sure to become a foundational part of every deacon’s library. The Deacon Reader provides an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and clarifies the fundamental identity of the deacon. Keating divides the book into three sections: historical foundations, pastoral foundations, and sociological foundations for the diaconate. He covers topics such as the history of the diaconate, the morality of the deacon, the deacon and work, and the deacon’s wife. Contributors include significant deacon theologians as well as priests who are experts on the diaconate. It is a complete systematic academic text for the first years of formation of deacons according to the 2005 New Roman National Directory, and is the first text that specifies the theological formation of the deacon student over a range of themes and specialties.

James Keating is associate professor of moral theology in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Pure Heart, Clear Conscience: Living a Catholic Moral Life. He also serves as editor of the Josephinum Journal of Theology.

The Emerging Diaconate

  • Author: William T. Ditewig
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 258

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, William T. Ditewig sketches the current state of the permanent diaconate—especially in the United States. Dietwig then offers the historical developments that led to the contemporary diaconate, and concludes by suggesting a vision of the diaconate for the future, always within the matrix of a servant-ecclesiology which should characterize the entire Church.

In his magnificent book, Deacon Ditewig succinctly details how the ancient diaconate has reemerged in the Church in such a timely way. Like so many of my brother bishops, I am profoundly grateful to the men of my diocese who have heard and followed God’s call to live this diaconal service in the Church. I would encourage not only my own deacons, but brother bishops and priests and lay people alike to read The Emerging Diaconate; it is theological, it is spiritual, it is informative, and it is worthy of reading and careful study.

—Daniel R. Jenky, bishop of Peoria

Few people have a better background for writing about the restored diaconate than Ditewig. This invaluable book offers a concise, insightful, historical, scriptural, and theological perspective on the diaconate and its practical pastoral impact in the contemporary Church. It is a must-read for deacons, pastors, and lay leaders who want to understand better the great gift the diaconate is for the Church, and the rich potential this ministry has for bridging the gap between the clergy and the laity, the sacred and the secular, and the sanctuary and the marketplace. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

—Howard J. Hubbard, bishop of Albany

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven

  • Authors: William T. Ditewig and Michael J. Tkacik
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven consists of essays by recognized leaders in diaconate formation, many of whom contributed to the preparation of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004. While not a commentary on it, these essays take the National Directory as their reference point and foundation. Written from the multifaceted perspectives of pastors, deacons, academics, and church officials—all of whom are directly involved in the formation of deacons—Forming Deacons offers valuable insights on the process of implementing in practical terms the theories presented in the National Directory.

... Every facet of diaconal formation, from selection to aspirancy, candidacy, and postordination formation, must revolve around the nurturing and strengthening of the myriad relationships for the deacon.

—Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Michael J. Tkacik is associate professor of theology and former director of the master’s in theology program at Saint Leo University.

The Permanent Diaconate

  • Author: Kenan B. Osborne
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In a tour-de-force performance, renowned Franciscan theologian Fr. Kenan B. Osborne brings all three of the holy orders of the Church—the diaconate, the presbyterate, and the episcopate—into focus through the lens of post–Vatican II sacramental and systematic theology. Osborne posits that one cannot study the renewed permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church without understanding the renewal of the order of priests and bishops as well. This is an excellent guide to grasping the essence of Vatican II, as well as the basis for the restoration of the diaconate in the Latin Church.

Fr. Kenan Osborne’s latest work on the diaconate, The Permanent Diaconate, especially when seen within the context of his own extraordinary body of work on the nature of ministry in the Church, is an exceptional contribution to the literature on the subject. By applying his considerable analytical skills and insights to the issues, Fr. Osborne has provided theologians, students, and ministers, as well as all who are interested in contemporary ministry in the Catholic Church, with an invaluable resource and challenge for future growth and development.

—William T. Ditewig, author, 101 Questions and Answers Series (27 vols.)

Kenan B. Osborne OFM, is emeritus professor of systematic theology at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He is a Franciscan priest. He is the author of several books, including Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World, Sacramental Guidelines, Sacramental Theology, and The Christian Sacraments of Initiation.

Saintly Deacons

  • Author: Owen F. Cummings
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 75

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Focusing on the stories of eight different people, this book demonstrates the contribution of deacons throughout the two millennia of Christianity. Owen F. Cummings inspires readers with the stories of Stephen and Philip, Lawrence of Rome, Ephrem of Nisibis, Alcuin of York, Francis of Assisi, Reginald Pole, and Nicholas Ferrar.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

Theology of the Diaconate

  • Authors: William T. Ditewig, Owen F. Cummings, and Richard R. Gaillardetz
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In 1967 Pope Paul VI implemented the decision of the Second Vatican Council to renew the diaconate as a permanent order of ministry. Deacons now number more than 30,000 around the world. This rapid growth, combined with a similar explosion of lay ecclesial ministry and dwindling numbers of priests, demands that theologies of the diaconate be constructed that respect its historical roots, contemporary ecclesial realities, and creative possibilities for the future. In these three essays—which were presented as keynote lectures at the 2004 conference of the National Association of Diaconate Directors—professors William T. Ditewig, Owen F. Cummings, and Richard R. Gaillardetz construct theologies of the diaconate in conversation with one another and the church. The result is essential reading for deacons, aspirants to the diaconate, deacon directors, as well as the other orders of the clergy, and the laity.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

Richard R. Gaillardetz PhD, is the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Today’s Deacon

  • Authors: Alfred C. Hughes, Frederick F. Campbell, and William T. Ditewig
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The years since the restoration of the order of permanent deacons at the Second Vatican Council have witness a process of exploration regarding the role and purpose of the diaconate. In Today’s Deacon, an archbishop, a bishop, and a deacon hold forth on contemporary issues relevant to the Order of Deacons, in particular the theology of restorative justice, and the impact and implementation of the new National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. This timely work includes an introduction by the president of the National Association of Diaconate Directors, Deacon Daniel L. Peterson, along with responses from three distinguished authors, Father Michael Kennedy, Deacon Owen F. Cummings, and Marti R. Jewell.

Alfred C. Hughes is archbishop of New Orleans and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.

Frederick F. Campbell is bishop of Columbus, Ohio, and chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Interested in more resources for deacons? Take a look at Timeless Homilies for Deacons (3 vols.), also from Paulist Press.

Key Features

  • Provides resources for deacons
  • Surveys the history and development of the diaconate
  • Offers insight into the role of deacons in the Church

Product Details

Individual Titles

Deacons and the Church

  • Author: Owen F. Cummings
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Deacons and the Church presents a popular narrative history of the Order of the Diaconate in the Catholic Church from its dawn on the biblical scene in the Acts of the Apostles through the “golden age” of deacons in the fifth century. With the emergence of the “cultic priesthood,” the diaconate as a unique and discrete member of the clergy declined into a transitional role—but never disappeared.

The Second Vatican Council restored the Order of Deacon to a “full and permanent” membership in the clergy, along with priests and bishops. Now, 30,000 deacons serve the Church throughout the world and remain the fastest-growing clerical rank within the Latin Church. Owen F. Cummings reflects on how this surge in the membership of the Order of Deacons will affect the Church in the years to come.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

The Deacon at Mass

  • Author: William T. Ditewig
  • Edition: Second
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 126

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This second edition of The Deacon at Mass situates the role of the Deacon at Liturgy based on the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal. A step-by-step handbook for deacons through the Eucharistic celebration, this text looks at everything a deacon must do (read the gospel), may do (preach a homily), and may never do (sing the concluding doxology). Study questions follow each chapter. This second edition includes the final English translations, questions raised by readers and reviewers of the original edition, and an expanded introduction that addresses specific issues related to the preparation and translation of liturgical books in general. In addition, each subsequent chapter includes references and guidance related to the approved English translation.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

The Deacon Reader

  • Author: James Keating
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 304

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

James Keating presents a collection of essays that are sure to become a foundational part of every deacon’s library. The Deacon Reader provides an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and clarifies the fundamental identity of the deacon. Keating divides the book into three sections: historical foundations, pastoral foundations, and sociological foundations for the diaconate. He covers topics such as the history of the diaconate, the morality of the deacon, the deacon and work, and the deacon’s wife. Contributors include significant deacon theologians as well as priests who are experts on the diaconate. It is a complete systematic academic text for the first years of formation of deacons according to the 2005 New Roman National Directory, and is the first text that specifies the theological formation of the deacon student over a range of themes and specialties.

James Keating is associate professor of moral theology in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Pure Heart, Clear Conscience: Living a Catholic Moral Life. He also serves as editor of the Josephinum Journal of Theology.

The Emerging Diaconate

  • Author: William T. Ditewig
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 258

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, William T. Ditewig sketches the current state of the permanent diaconate—especially in the United States. Dietwig then offers the historical developments that led to the contemporary diaconate, and concludes by suggesting a vision of the diaconate for the future, always within the matrix of a servant-ecclesiology which should characterize the entire Church.

In his magnificent book, Deacon Ditewig succinctly details how the ancient diaconate has reemerged in the Church in such a timely way. Like so many of my brother bishops, I am profoundly grateful to the men of my diocese who have heard and followed God’s call to live this diaconal service in the Church. I would encourage not only my own deacons, but brother bishops and priests and lay people alike to read The Emerging Diaconate; it is theological, it is spiritual, it is informative, and it is worthy of reading and careful study.

—Daniel R. Jenky, bishop of Peoria

Few people have a better background for writing about the restored diaconate than Ditewig. This invaluable book offers a concise, insightful, historical, scriptural, and theological perspective on the diaconate and its practical pastoral impact in the contemporary Church. It is a must-read for deacons, pastors, and lay leaders who want to understand better the great gift the diaconate is for the Church, and the rich potential this ministry has for bridging the gap between the clergy and the laity, the sacred and the secular, and the sanctuary and the marketplace. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

—Howard J. Hubbard, bishop of Albany

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven

  • Authors: William T. Ditewig and Michael J. Tkacik
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven consists of essays by recognized leaders in diaconate formation, many of whom contributed to the preparation of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004. While not a commentary on it, these essays take the National Directory as their reference point and foundation. Written from the multifaceted perspectives of pastors, deacons, academics, and church officials—all of whom are directly involved in the formation of deacons—Forming Deacons offers valuable insights on the process of implementing in practical terms the theories presented in the National Directory.

... Every facet of diaconal formation, from selection to aspirancy, candidacy, and postordination formation, must revolve around the nurturing and strengthening of the myriad relationships for the deacon.

—Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Michael J. Tkacik is associate professor of theology and former director of the master’s in theology program at Saint Leo University.

The Permanent Diaconate

  • Author: Kenan B. Osborne
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In a tour-de-force performance, renowned Franciscan theologian Fr. Kenan B. Osborne brings all three of the holy orders of the Church—the diaconate, the presbyterate, and the episcopate—into focus through the lens of post–Vatican II sacramental and systematic theology. Osborne posits that one cannot study the renewed permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church without understanding the renewal of the order of priests and bishops as well. This is an excellent guide to grasping the essence of Vatican II, as well as the basis for the restoration of the diaconate in the Latin Church.

Fr. Kenan Osborne’s latest work on the diaconate, The Permanent Diaconate, especially when seen within the context of his own extraordinary body of work on the nature of ministry in the Church, is an exceptional contribution to the literature on the subject. By applying his considerable analytical skills and insights to the issues, Fr. Osborne has provided theologians, students, and ministers, as well as all who are interested in contemporary ministry in the Catholic Church, with an invaluable resource and challenge for future growth and development.

—William T. Ditewig, author, 101 Questions and Answers Series (27 vols.)

Kenan B. Osborne OFM, is emeritus professor of systematic theology at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He is a Franciscan priest. He is the author of several books, including Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World, Sacramental Guidelines, Sacramental Theology, and The Christian Sacraments of Initiation.

Saintly Deacons

  • Author: Owen F. Cummings
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 75

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Focusing on the stories of eight different people, this book demonstrates the contribution of deacons throughout the two millennia of Christianity. Owen F. Cummings inspires readers with the stories of Stephen and Philip, Lawrence of Rome, Ephrem of Nisibis, Alcuin of York, Francis of Assisi, Reginald Pole, and Nicholas Ferrar.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

Theology of the Diaconate

  • Authors: William T. Ditewig, Owen F. Cummings, and Richard R. Gaillardetz
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In 1967 Pope Paul VI implemented the decision of the Second Vatican Council to renew the diaconate as a permanent order of ministry. Deacons now number more than 30,000 around the world. This rapid growth, combined with a similar explosion of lay ecclesial ministry and dwindling numbers of priests, demands that theologies of the diaconate be constructed that respect its historical roots, contemporary ecclesial realities, and creative possibilities for the future. In these three essays—which were presented as keynote lectures at the 2004 conference of the National Association of Diaconate Directors—professors William T. Ditewig, Owen F. Cummings, and Richard R. Gaillardetz construct theologies of the diaconate in conversation with one another and the church. The result is essential reading for deacons, aspirants to the diaconate, deacon directors, as well as the other orders of the clergy, and the laity.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

Owen F. Cummings is regent professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of John Macquarrie: A Master of Theology.

Richard R. Gaillardetz PhD, is the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Today’s Deacon

  • Authors: Alfred C. Hughes, Frederick F. Campbell, and William T. Ditewig
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The years since the restoration of the order of permanent deacons at the Second Vatican Council have witness a process of exploration regarding the role and purpose of the diaconate. In Today’s Deacon, an archbishop, a bishop, and a deacon hold forth on contemporary issues relevant to the Order of Deacons, in particular the theology of restorative justice, and the impact and implementation of the new National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. This timely work includes an introduction by the president of the National Association of Diaconate Directors, Deacon Daniel L. Peterson, along with responses from three distinguished authors, Father Michael Kennedy, Deacon Owen F. Cummings, and Marti R. Jewell.

Alfred C. Hughes is archbishop of New Orleans and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.

Frederick F. Campbell is bishop of Columbus, Ohio, and chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.

William T. Ditewig was the executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1990. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America, and is a retired commander from the United States Navy. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

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