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DEACONS AND LEADERSHIP IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

Webinar Celebrating John N. Collins’ 90th Birthday
John N. Collins’ seminal work Diakonia: Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources (New York, 1990) exposed the need for a re-examination of ministry within the churches. 

LARGEST EVER GATHERING OF PARRAMATTA DIACONATE COMMUNITY

A great sign of the growing life and vitality of the permanent diaconate community in the Diocese of Parramatta occurred on 4 February, with a gathering at St Joseph’s, Baulkham Hills.
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, hosted a dinner with existing deacons and their wives, those in formation and the diaconate formation panel members. 

TOOWOOMBA'S NEWEST
DEACON EXCITED TO 'SHARE AND CONTRIBUTE'
FOR HIS DIOCESE  

TOOWOOMBA Deacon Brian Redondo saw the “overflowing happiness” from the people gathered around him at his ordination to the transitional diaconate last Saturday at St Mary’s parish in Warwick.

   Deacon Redondo, who was ordained by Bishop Robert McGuckin, said the laying of hands was deeply moving and a true grace.

INTERIM CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEACONS (NAD) OF AUSTRALIA

Hello Diaconate community of Australia. It was with mixed feelings that I recently took on the role of Interim Chair of the National Association of Deacons (NAD) of Australia.

VALE DEACON NICK KERR

Dear Brothers, It is with a very sad and heavy heart that on behalf of the National Executive of the National Association of Deacons, that I write to you this evening to inform you that our Brother Nick Kerr, NAD President, died this morning at 5:00am at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

DEACONS HEADING TO PERTH

The National Association of Deacons’ (NAD) biennial national conference is heading to Perth. The 2019 Conference will take place from 3 to 6 October, 2019 at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle campus. All deacons, candidates and aspirants from Australia and New Zealand, of any Catholic rite, and their wives are invited to attend with early bird registration closing on 30 June. Others who attend include those responsible for deacon formation and other interested clergy from across Australia.

FORMATION AND COMMUNITY FOCUS OF DEACONS' CONFERENCE

The 2019 Conference, with the theme “I and the Father are One,” (John 17:21), will take place from October 3–6 at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle campus. All permanent deacons, candidates and aspirants from Australia and New Zealand, of any Catholic rite, and their wives, are invited to attend. Others who attend include those responsible for deacon formation and other interested clergy from across Australia.

"BEING A DEACON
IS BEING OF SERVICE" 

Roque Dias’s ordination to the permanent diaconate will be a continuation of his life of service to others. “Being a deacon is being of service. Father Chris de Souza,  said to me that although ministry is part of what a deacon does, a deacon should be someone who sits in the messiness of people’s lives,” Roque said. Roque, will be ordained to the diaconate on 22 February 2019 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

THE CHURCH IS UNDERPOWERED WITHOUT DEACONS

Roderick Pirotta is excited about his upcoming ordination to the permanent diaconate and is looking forward to the continuation of his call to ministry. “To me, the diaconate is a way of life, not just the celebration on the ordination day and I’ve been living that way of life for as long as I’ve been married.” Roderick,  will be ordained to the diaconate on 22 February 2019 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

NEW NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR
PERMANENT DIACONATE

Adelaide’s Deacon Tim Grauel was recently appointed as national coordinator of the permanent diaconate for the Bishops Office for Clergy Life and Ministry.

GERALD DUPONT ;
IDC PRESIDENT

NAD Chair, Nick Kerr interviewed the IDC President.

DEACONS STORY ;
ADELAIDE ARCHDIOCESE

Adelaide’s Catholic monthly publication, The Souther Cross Newspaper interviewed some of Adelaide’s permanent deacons
  last year.

Nick Kerr ;
IDC Leadership 

October 24 2017

Reflections of the journey
 to Ordination

December 12 2017

Private audience with deacons

June 9 2016

Pope Francis in Milan

April 4 2017

Pope’s Homily at
 Jubilee for Deacons

May 30 2016

Be in Rome;
 Year of Mercy

June 9 2016

Australian Deacons’ Pilgrimage

April 6 2016

NORMS -
 Permanent Diaconate

March 4 2016