Farewell to Tommy

​He was a bigger than life …both in physical stature and in his gusto for life, family, friends and the diaconate.We met 15 years ago as we began formation, we forged an easy relationship that spanned the formation years and the decade of our ordained life that followed. We shared our ups and downs in life and in ministry…but none so difficult as t...
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East Africa

On October of 2016, I signed up with the Maryknoll Fathers for a three-week mission trip to East Africa. Our itinerary included visits to Tanzania, Kenya, and a wild game safari. My knowledge of Africa was limited to what I'd read in National Geographic and seen on TV documentaries. Indeed, I found Africa vast in beauty, culture, and history, but I...
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Why this Lent I will shift my focus from my personal sin to my social sin

For most of my life, my Lenten practice has focused on addressing my personal sins. As my family and friends will testify, I certainly need ongoing work in that area. But this Lent, I want to do something different. I've been inspired by what Pope Francis has been preaching but disturbed by what's going on in the world, so this year, I plan to focu...
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Caring for the Homeless Community in a Time of Need

Caring for the Homeless Community in a Time of Need

As a deacon in an urban parish, I have routine contact with the homeless in our community.  Our parish is close to an overnight shelter, a drop-in center, soup kitchen, and a community pantry which operate under a Christian collaborative called Cornerstone.  The Cornerstone group was started by several Catholic parishes in collaboration with local Christian churches that saw the need to support God's people in need.  Over time it has grown to be a valuable ecumenical ministry in our town. 

In addition to encountering the homeless in the outreach ministries, several of the homeless come to Mass on weekends and some on week days.  The parish community has been very open to welcoming the homeless into our community whenever we gather.  The relationship is based on our commitment to love as Christ loves and many of those who are served are of different faiths or of none at all.

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Welcome to the Diaconate Congress Blog

The Deacon Congress is sponsoring a blog where interesting articles will be posted each week beginning in January 2017.  The blog will feature a variety of authors who will post articles in one of four categories:

1.  Deacon Congress - articles about what to expect at the Deacon Congress in 2018

2.  Word - articles about deacons as the heralds of the Gospel: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

3.  Liturgy - articles about diaconal topics of interest in the celebration of liturgy: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

4.   Charity - articles about diaconal participation in charity" yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Please check back weekly or subscribe to the blog mailing list.

 

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