Deacons as Guardians and Promoters of the Animating Mystery of Christ

The following is Part 1 of an In Focus on the Blood of Christ and the role of deacons. This essay was the inaugural Mitchell Lecture for the Institute for Diaconal Renewal at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Within the... Read More

The Uniqueness of My Situation

Recently, I was approached by a parishioner after Mass telling me what a unique position I was in by...

Silence and Discernment of the Deacon

The other day I saw a young lady I know who had a sticker on her backpack that said,...

Dumbing Down and Deacons: A Catholic Alternative

One of the key concepts in society and the modern Church is accessibility. Given steadily declining attention spans and...

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‘Configured to Christ’ Digs Deeply into Human Nature

“Believe what you read; teach what you believe; practice what you teach.” This exhortation to newly ordained deacons (and... Read More

Speaking of NFP in This New Apostolic Age

Deacons and their wives are often at the forefront of marriage preparation in their parishes. In the Catholic Church,... Read More




Diaconal Relationships Surrounding the Hour of Death

“Merciful Lord, you know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers of the humble. Hear... Read More

Lamentations of the Assumption

Summertime in the Byzantine rite always ends with the great feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on Aug.... Read More



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Seeking Mystery

I still remember the awe and wonder I felt as a child when I looked up at the night... Read More

Sharing Diaconal Spirituality with the Laity

While writing my previous book, “Encountering Christ the Servant” (OSV, $18.95), I gave some of the early drafts to... Read More