A Married Deacon and the Domestic Church

In the early 1970s, when directing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati religious education office, I worked with the newly formed diocesan diaconal program. Since then, I’ve been involved with permanent deacons and their wives as teacher, mentor, adviser and friend.... Read More

A Fresh Perspective on Parish Life

G.K. Chesterton, reflecting on his jury duty, wondered why we have citizen juries. We train soldiers because they fight...

New Study Explores the Well-Being of the Diaconate

With the help of several highly devoted deacon advisers from around the United States, the Spitzer Center for Visionary...

The Magnificent Seven

“The Magnificent Seven” was a 1960 Western film directed by John Sturges starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles...

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Theology of the Body and Deacons

Many have heard of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, shorthand for his book “Man and... Read More

An Alliterative Guide to Helpful Homilies

For decades, it has been common knowledge at all levels of the Church that preaching and formation are lacking.... Read More




Entering into the Pain of Another

To serve others is to perceive a need in them and, to the extent possible, help them satisfy that... Read More

Distracted? A Gentle Return

Any honest deacon or priest will admit it. The shocking realization, the I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that awareness, the wide-eyed moment of reality... Read More



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Divine Grace and the Diaconate

In the Byzantine ordination rite of a deacon, the bishop places his omophorion (stole) and his right hand on... Read More

Remembering to Remember

Given all that’s going on in our world and our Church, it can be easy for anyone in ministry... Read More