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It happened in August, and the bishop, Richard Pates, wrote about them in his blog:
August 4th was a banner day for the Diocese of Des Moines. Seventeen men were ordained to the permanent diaconate.
Ours - Diaconate - Decades - Result - Corps
Ours was one of the first dioceses to restore the reinstituted diaconate nearly five decades ago. As a result, the corps of deacons has grown to 90, 59 of whom are active. The remainder have retired.
Similar to many pursuits in life, deacons first receive an inkling of such a vocation by attraction to the activity of deacons they observe. The deacon assists at the altar. He preaches and presides at baptisms, weddings and funerals. Possible candidates also sense in these times, when priests are stretched in so many directions, that they might be of...
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