Permanent Diaconate

Deacons have played an integral part of our faith community since the earliest days of the Church, when the apostles appointed men to help care for the communities around them.

The work of deacons is based on three key areas: the Ministry of Charity, the Ministry of the Word, and the Ministry of the Altar.

Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion, preach the homily, and are obligated to pray the Divine Office every day.

Deacons will also often have a career outside the Church, which they can continue throughout their ministry.

Permanent deacons can be single or married but must be married before becoming a deacon.

For more information check out this page where we have tried to answer your questions.

For more information on the role of deacons within our diocese and to discuss ideas around a vocation to the permanent diaconate, please contact:

Fr Paul Daly