Deacon Ministry

by David B. Valdivia

Permanent Diaconate Ministry?

The title, “deacon,” comes from the Greek word for service, “diakonia.” Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, deacons are configured to Jesus “the Servant” who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The ordained Diaconate Ministry is the first rank of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church, whether Roman Catholic or Eastern Catholic. Permanent deacons serve God in the Church in the threefold ministry of Word, Liturgy and Charity. Permanent deacons are ordained to a life-long ministry of service.

“Three minutes: The Diaconate”
A video from USCCB

Fr. Shawn McKnight of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations explains in more detail what
the diaconate is and what a deacon does.

On October 21 and 22, 2023, the II Human Development Workshop was directed by Dr. Stella Cabildo from the UNIR Institute, Mexico.


El 21 y 22 de octubre, 2023 se llevó acabo el II Taller de desarrollo humano para la formación diaconal dirigido por la Dra Stella Cabildo del instituto UNIR, Mexico.

Bishop Tyson sharing with participants after leading the Liturgy of the Hours *

Obispo Tyson compartiendo con los participantes después de dirigir la Liturgia de la Horas.



Thank you, Fathers Osmar, Alex, and Eduardo, for planning this cycle of workshops of great importance for permanent Deacons, candidates, and aspirants.
Gracias Padres Osmar, Alex y Eduardo por planear este ciclo de talleres de gran importancia para los Diáconos permanentes, candidatos y aspirantes.

V. Rev. Osmar Aguirre, Rev. Alejandro Trejo, and Dra. Stella Cabildo with participants * Muy Reverendo Padre Osmar Aguirre, Reverendo Padre Alejandro Trejo, y Dra. Stella Cabildo con los participantes.

The Diaconate

Diaconate Ordination/Ordenación Diaconal, May 26, 2023