Are You Called to Be a Deacon?

How is God calling you to follow? Could God be calling you to be a deacon?

The Deacon, through the grace of ordination, bears witness to Christ the Servant. As Archbishop Lori invites us into renewal and forming true missionary disciples in A Light Brightly Visible, the deacon serves as a witness and true blessing, helping to lead us outside the doors of the Church to serve our neighbor, to invite them into an encounter with the Lord Jesus, and to accompany them on the path of faith. In these unprecedented times of the pandemic, the Lord is still calling forth and equipping men and women for ministry. How is God calling you to follow as a disciple? Please pass on this information to others you feel may be called to this vital ministry as well.

If you are discerning, or simply willing to consider, becoming a deacon, attend an information session as a next step. In addition, we encourage you to connect with the priests and deacons at your home parish, so they know you are interested. After acceptance, deacon formation is a four-year process. Those gentlemen accepted into formation have stability in their lives, in their families, and in their faith. This is measured, at the time of ordination, as 10 years as a Catholic, 10 years in marriage (if married), and with the ability to provide for the needs of your family, while balancing formation and future ministry expectations.

Information sessions will be held:

  •  on Saturday, December 5 at 7pm on Zoom,
  •  on Thursday, January 7 at 7pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City,
  •  on Sunday, January 10 at St. Ignatius in Ijamsville,
  •  on Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm at St. Bernadine in Baltimore, and
  •  on Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm on Zoom.

Please assist the formation team by registering with Kristine Arata, Kristine.Arata@archbalt.org (registering allows us to contact you if adjustments must be made to the schedule). To ensure an understanding of the commitment of formation, applications are only available to those who attend an information session, or after special consideration with a member of the formation team: Fr. Mike Triplett (mtriplett@archbalt.org), Deacon Larry Matheny (lmatheny@e-stignatius.org), and Deacon Scott Lancaster (slancaster1@stlouisparish.org). 


Prayer For Priests And Deacons*

Eternal Father,
We lift up to you these and all the priests, deacons of the world.
Sanctify them.
Heal them; guide them.
Mold them into the likeness and holiness of your son,
Jesus, the Eternal High Priest.

May their lives be pleasing to you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
* from my Catholic Faith and I

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