Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We gather this evening in great joy, surrounding our candidates for the permanent diaconate with our hopes and prayers.
Before anything else, I would turn our thoughts to my predecessor, Archbishop Daniel Bohan, who had a dream for diaconate in our Archdiocese. For him it was about implementing Vatican II. Bishop Dan felt the need for explicit diaconal ministry in order for the Church to be fully the Church. He brought Brett Salkeld in as Archdiocesan theologian specifically to build and lead a local diaconate formation program. He hoped for a long term program that would transform our Archdiocese, focusing us on service and outreach. He wanted to leave us something concrete and transformative when he was gone. In a certain sense, we could say this was his legacy project.
Brett relates that on the very first diaconate formation weekend, Bishop Dan joined the candidates and spouses and formation team to share his vision of...Read More