Ordination of Permanent Deacons:
On September 6, 2014, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki ordained seven candidates to the Order of Permanent Deacons at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. In the pciture the new ordained deacons and their wives with Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki in the center and Bisho Richard Sklba in the back (right side).
From left to right: Patrick J. LaPointe and his wife Catherine; John C. Mezydlo and his wife Rita; David W. Grambow (back) and his wife Ann; Robert M. Derks and his wife Judy, Charles G. Schneider and his wife Cynthia; Gary Nosacek and his wife Cindy and John J. Fritsch and his wife Joan. They became become “Christ the Servant” for God’s people, exercising their ministry in “Word”, “Liturgy” and “Charity and Justice.”
May the Lord, the humble servant, bless them, their families, and their ministry, so they can collaborate in the building of the Kingdom of God.
The Servant Newsletter for Summer 2014 is available now:
“The Servant” Newsletter from the Office for Diaconate Formation is an information tool for priests, deacons, pastoral associates, vocation teams, aspirant and candidates interested in knowing about the Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. To read the newsletter go here.
Inquiry for Discernment Program
All inquirers and their wives (if married) must attend and complete the INQUIRY FOR DISCERNMENT PROGRAM. This program is a series of 6 sessions describing the diaconate, admissions criteria, admission process, and process of formation. For this Fall 2014 schedule and places please go here.
Continuing Education for Deacons and Wives:
The Office for Diaconate Formation in coordination with the Office for Continuing Education for Clergy and the Office for Deacon Services, is offering a variety of opportunities for the ordained deacons and wives to continue their formation, growth in their diaconal ministry, obtain the faculties or get “refreshed” in the new teachings of the “Magisterium” of the Catholic Church. Please see the information on courses, workshops and "tracks" in our catalog here, and the offerings for Fall 2014 brochure here.
The Office for Diaconate Formation (ODF) provides distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning a vocation calling to the permanent diaconate. The ODF counsels, guides and forms men who through adult formation programs, advanced theological education or some other experience encounter Christ and seek a deeper, permanent response to a perceived call to be servants of God's people through ministry in the Church.
Diaconal ministry works hand in hand with both priestly and lay ministry as a sacrament to bring about the kingdom of God. Deacons are men with a charism and a calling to radical availability for service to the People of God, the Church. The deacon’s vocation calls him to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in an exercise of a ministry which is not of their own but the Word of God—calling all to conversion and holiness. It is a ministry of reconciliation, of outreach to the most marginalized and those most in need of care, of education and justice. The Diaconate was not re-instituted because we have a shortage of priests or lay ministers but to relieve the shortage of ordained deacons. It was restored as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church...a visible sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself.”
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