Agents of God’s Kingdom

Agent: a means by which a guiding intelligence achieves a result Most of us deacons were ordained before we retired from our careers. It was a busy time when we went to work, cared for our families and dedicat...

This deacon is a beacon

"My job is to be out front ... to throw light on the path for others to follow." I wrote an essay on diakonia (adapted into the article in this Connections issue on page 4-5) in December 2011, as part of my ex...

Hearing the call through healing

Back in the 1980s, I heard a lot of people talking about spiritual growth. I didn’t know what that meant, and I didn’t really want to ask. One Sunday, however, when I was a parishioner at St. Barnabas, Montgome...

Deacon as chaplain

Almost all vocational (permanent) deacons are not employed by an individual congregation or by the diocese but work in the secular world. Vocational deacons serve liturgically at a church in addition to their r...

The freedom in being a deacon

I believe that deacons are not striving to win the Best Actor or Best Actress award. They also pass on winning the Best Supporting Actor or Actress award. Deacons would be more comfortable just meeting the guy ...

Diakonia

Diakonia is the Greek word for “service.” Jesus was sent by God to serve. We promise in Baptism to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to st...

Diaconate all about connection

This edition of Connections is about deacons, and appropriately so, since the diaconate is all about connection. Deacons are called and authorized to connect us to everything that is around us. Sometimes it is ...