“The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks (deacons) with an imprint (‘character’) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1570)
Ever since Vatican II re-instituted the diaconate, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has been blessed by the dedication and selfless service of its growing “college” of Permanent Deacons. These men, after prayerfully answering the call, careful formation, and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders, do faithfully and joyfully serve the needs of our community through a three-fold Ministry of the Word, Liturgy, and Charity. The charism of the deacon is found in these words from their ordination rite, as they are given the Book of Gospels:
“Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”
Whether you are a deacon or you are interested in finding out more about the diaconate, we hope you will visit these pages often. We welcome comments, suggestions, and questions. If you wish to learn more about the diaconal requirements and formation, please contact the Office of Clergy Personnel or call 410-547-5550.