Deacons (Diaconate) | What You Need to Know
Since Pope Paul VI restored the permanent diaconate in 1967, there has been considerable confusion among the faithful about what deacons are and what they are called to do.
- Making Sense of the Ministry of the Deacon
- John Paul II: Deacons Are Configured to Christ the Servant
- Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons
Many related areas could be explored. For example, at the same time as the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, the Congregation for the Clergy also released the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons.
The document issued by Paul VI when he restored the permanent diaconate is Restoring the Permanent Diaconate (Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem).
We know of two good web sites which support permanent deacons and their families with a wealth of materials and discussion forums: Deacons' Domain and Deacon's Place.