thoughts from a woodsman /artist/ Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
What does "permanent" deacon mean?
Hmmm.... When a man is preparing for the priesthood ( like Father John ) he has to enter into an order called the Transitional Deacon... this means he will be a Deacon for a short time before becoming a priest. I on the other hand am a Permanent Deacon...meaning that I am a married man and do not enter into the celibate priesthood like Father John. We have both received the sacrament of Holy Orders but our ministry is different. I am ordained to serve the people on the margins of society. Father John is ordained to the Eucharist ( Holy Communion ) and the Parish.
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