Former government secretary Dermot McCarthy has been ordained a permanent deacon by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Martin was one of eight men ordained to the deaconate at a ceremony at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral this morning, according to RTÉ. Most of the eight men are married or widowed and were accompanied at the ceremony by family members. There are now 30 permanent deacons in the Dublin diocese. Deacons can celebrate baptism and marriage and preside at funerals. They also visit the sick, prisoners and the bereaved and promote awareness of the church. In the Catholic Church, deacons must be male and their ministry is voluntary and part-time. Dermot McCarthy was once dubbed “the most powerful civil servant in the country”.
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