A total of 15 men were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Orange Oct. 17 by Bishop Kevin Vann at St. Columban Church—all members of the “Hands of Christ” deacon class of 2015. “We are blessed to welcome so many new deacons into the permanent diaconate within our diocese,” said Bishop Vann. “These unique individuals will assist in serving the ever-growing and important needs of our flock, with particular focus on the acute needs of the poor and marginalized in our community. They will continue the mission of the diaconate, striving to be a living reminder of Christ the Servant’s presence in the Church and world.” The role of the permanent deacon in the Catholic Church calls on an individual to dedicate himself completely to a life of Christian service through the Sacrament of Holy Orders—a lifelong commitment to service that is primarily dedicated to charity and social justice. A deacon may also baptize, officiate at marriages and funeral services, assist and preach in the liturgy and preside at various community devotions. A permanent deacon is an ordained minister that may be married, maintain his current job and preserve his regular family life.
Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!
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