Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Ordination of the First Permanent Deacons in Ireland

On Monday 3rd June Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordained eight permanent deacons to the Archdiocese of Dublin. This is the first ordination of permanent deacons in Ireland.


The Homily Notes of Most Rev. D
iarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin , Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 4th June 2012

This is an historic day in the life of the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin. This evening we ordain eight men to the order of deacons restoring within our Church the ancient order of permanent deacons, following the indications of the Second Vatican Council.
Many will ask what deacons are. The Vatican Council spoke of a true diaconal ministry in the Church which is exercised in the liturgical and pastoral life of the Church, in charitable works, but which is strengthened by the imposition of hands and the work of the Spirit.
Due perhaps to the fact that for centuries the permanent deaconate and other institutionalised ministries were present in the Latin Church only in a limited manner, there is a tendency in our times to look on ministries in a distorted way, asking in the first place what a person called to a particular ministry can do, as opposed to others. Ordained ministry is classified just in terms of what the deacon or the priest or the bishop can do.

Inevitably in such a context, the restoration of the ministry of permanent deacons is somehow looked on in terms of what the deacon can or cannot do compared with the priest and ministry of the deacon is looked on as some sort of second-class ministry. People who speak or write in this framework fail to understand the deaconate and fail to understand ministry. The order of deacons is not just about doing things; it is a call to be configured in a special way to Jesus who serves and to represent in a special way in the life of the Church Jesus who serves.

Read the rest of the homily HERE

To all the new permanent deacons of Ireland Ad multos annos!

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