You may ask:
"Exactly what makes someone a "deacon" and what is
his job in the Church?" Here's some background from the Catholic
Encyclopedia: According to the constant tradition of the Catholic
Church, the narrative of Acts 6: 1-6, which serves to introduce
the martyrdom of St. Stephen, describes the first institution of
the office of deacon.
The apostles, in order to meet the complaints of
the Hellenistic Jews that, "their widows were neglected in
the daily ministrations" (diakonia), called together the multitude
of the disciples and said: It is not reasonable that we should leave
the word of God and serve (diakonein) tables. Wherefore, brethren,
look ye out seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy ghost
and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will
give ourselves continuously to prayer, and to the ministry of the
word (te diakonia tou logou).
And the saying was liked by all the multitude. And they chose Stephen,
a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost."
If you would like to read more of the Catholic Encyclopedia's discussion
of the permanent diaconate, click
Jude Parish's Permanent Deacons
(Memorial Hospital; others)
on the Deacon's name above to learn more.
Gaspar, Brian and Tom (left to right) above, photographed
for the newspaper's article on their ordination and assignment
to St. Jude Parish.