Deacons for NSW diocese
Broken Bay Diocese in NSW has taken the first steps toward having permanent deacons.
The Catholic Leader reports that Bishop David Walker has accepted five men into the aspirancy phase of a permanent diaconate program.
The five have begun a formation period of two to three years that covers spiritual, human, pastoral and academic topics.
Bishop Walker said that from New Testament times there had been belivers who exercised a role of service in the Christian community. Their role had been focused in many ministries.
But one role emerged with particular emphasis on service. This was what is known now as the permanent diaconate.
Bishop Walker believes it is important that all Catholics understand the significance and nature of the restored diaconate.