Female Deacons?

The International Union of Superiors General met with Pope Francis as part of its plenary assembly. During that meeting, a religious sister asked the Holy Father why the Church doesn’t include women in the permanent diaconate, since they already participate in the works of charity, as well as in the case of administration, following the example of the first deacons as detailed in Acts of the Apostles.

Papal Visit Encourages Native Chiapas Ministry

Communities such as Bachajon have come to depend on indigenous deacons like Anselmo Hernandez, who play an important part in serving the Church and evangelizing remote regions of Chiapas state.

Information Sessions for the Permanent Diaconate

The deacon is a man of faith called to serve God and God’s people as an official representative of the Church in service to others. Information sessions are being held for those interested in the Diaconate Formation Program’s admissions process.

Great Class of Deacons

Dear Editor: Your Nov. 14 issue congratulated the 25th anniversary class of Brooklyn’s permanent deacons. It was my pleasure to teach Sacred Scripture to that class and it is my pleasure to congratulate them as well.

Annual Meeting Brings Local Deacons Together

“This is a ministry that is not done alone; it is done in community with our bishop, our priests and our brother deacons,” Deacon Gonzales said. “This is how we keep the deacon family together.”

New Deacons for Brooklyn and Queens

Our New Deacons

Photos from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s ordination of 19 men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, May 23.

New Transitional Deacons

Gesson Agenis, who was born in Haiti, and Polish-born Jaroslaw Szeraszewicz and Lukasz Kubiak will be ordained as transitional deacons by Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. As transitional deacons, they will continue their theological training to prepare for ordination to the priesthood.

Eugene J. Cassidy

Eugene J. Cassidy

Eugene J. Cassidy, of Sacred Heart parish, East Glendale, is a native of Queens. He has been married to Ruth for 39 years and they have two daughters. An audio technician and announcer at Radio Maria, he is active in his parish as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, and a lector, and he brings […]