On Friday Oct. 25, 2013, I was invited by the Conquest Boys Club to address their annual Faith of Our Fathers Men's Banquet on the question of the permanent diaconate. This event is an opportunity for men and their sons to come together to celebrate their vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, while also honouring our spiritual fathers in the priesthood and encourgaing young men to actively discern their own vocations. As such, it was the perfect place to talk about the vocation to the diaconate, a little known, but essential vocation in the life of the Church. Here is what I had to say:
I want to thank you for your invitation to talk about the important, but relatively unknown vocation of the diaconate. Some of us here may be called to this vocation, but most probably are not. Nevertheless, it is a vocation in the Church, like priesthood or marriage, and all Catholics should know something about it.
Now, I’m a theologian, and one of my areas of...Read More