Becoming a Deacon

What is a Deacon?

Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
 
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
 
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
 
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.       1 Timothy 3:8-10,12-13

 

Who is the Deacon? Instruction from the Catechism:

At a lower level of the hierarchy are to be found deacons, who receive the imposition of hands ‘not unto the priesthood, but unto the ministry.’ At an ordination to the diaconate only the bishop lays hands on the candidate, thus signifying the deacon’s special attachment to the bishop in the tasks of his “diakonia.”

Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orde