Black clergy, religious women soak up Baltimore history at joint conference

The gathering began with a Mass honoring jubilarians at Historic St. Francis Xavier, the first Black Catholic church in the United States.
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In family affair with Spanish accent, Baltimore Archdiocese ordains 14 permanent deacons

Archbishop William E. Lori ordained 14 men to the permanent diaconate May 25 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland.
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Meet the 14 men who will be ordained permanent deacons

Meet the 14 men who will be ordained permanent deacons during a 10 a.m. liturgy at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland May 25.
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Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early church were "ordained" or formally "blessed," the pope said.
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Survey assesses views of bishops, diaconate directors on women deacons

Should the Vatican permit the ordination of women as deacons -- a topic that has been studied by a papal commission -- a majority of U.S. bishops surveyed said they would expect the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pave the way to implement it.
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Baltimore archdiocese deacon candidates ‘trust the Holy Spirit’s timing of that call’

Deacons and candidates for that ministry alike agree that the timeless call to serve transcends any crisis facing the Catholic Church. That was among the takeaways from a Deacon Day of Enrichment Oct. 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Howard County, where approximately 25 deacons of the Archdiocese of Baltimore renewed their vows,...
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