Three reasons lay behind the need for permanent deacons:
1) A desire to enrich the Church with the functions of the diaconate, which otherwise, in many regions, could only be exercised with great difficulty;
2) The intention of strengthening with the grace of diaconal ordination those who already exercised many of the functions of the Diaconate;
3) A concern to provide regions, where there was a shortage of clergy, with sacred ministers.
The word “Deacon” comes from the Greek diakonos, meaning “service”. In essence, deacons are ordained as servants of the church, which in itself reflects the spirituality of service, which is the spirituality of the whole Church.
“Only those are to be promoted to orders who …have sound faith,are motivated by the right intention, are endowed with the requisite knowledge, enjoy a good reputation, and have moral probity, proven virtue and the other physical and psychological qualities appropriate to the order to be received”.
Reference from the website of the Vatican: Basic norms for the formation of permanent deacons
- Catholic males who have been baptized and practicing the faith for at least five years
- Between the ages of 35 and 65 by ordination
- Of good moral character and reputation
- In a valid, stable marriage, or living celibately if unmarried or widowed
- Actively involved in their parish or in an ecclesial movement
- Of sound physical and psychological health
- Economically stable and self-sufficient
- Residents of the Diocese of Prince Albert
- Living a deep and sacramental spiritual life, as evidenced by their frequent attendance at Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and participation in spiritual exercises and retreats.
Married candidates must have the consent and support of their wives, who must be willing to participate in their formation as needed.
If you think God may be calling you to discern the vocation of permanent deacon, you may begin the process by contacting:
Permanent Diaconate Director
Ph: 306-922-4747 ext 232