Last week was the annual meeting of Directors of Deacon Formation and Deacon delelgates in Leeds which reflects and considers the role of deacons in this modern age. Attending the conference was illumating as we heard about the forthcoming Directory on Diaconate Formation subject to recognito (approval) from Rome and the development of the diaconate in Ireland. The first 24 Irish students are this year beginning their training and preparation. There was a tremendously fruitful discussion on this and other issues and we all came away encouraged.
In this diocese there are some 32 active deacons with another 6 in training and vocations continue to grow to this aspect of ordained ministry. If you want to find out more about the diaconate then they are included on the Diocesan Vocations website.
Please pray for your deacons and those in training, and that more men, married and single will put themselves forward for this ancient ministry being rediscovered anew.