Permanent Deacons

The permanent diaconate was re-established in the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1967, allowing males (who may be married or unmarried) to be ordained deacons.

A permanent deacon is one who has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders "not to the priesthood but to service" (Vatican II: Lumen Gentium 29).

Through ordination, a person is marked as an official public minister of the Church and a participant in its ordained leadership and is authorised to exercise certain ministries such as preaching and officiating at baptisms, marriages and funerals.

In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, there is a number of Permanent Deacons working in different ministries throughout the diocese. 


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