Category Archives: Deacon

Further Reflections on Clerical Dress for Deacons

Further Reflections on Clerical Dress for Deacons

Once and a while, you get lucky. So when a former key staffer for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops takes the time to comment on your blog, a simple thank you isn’t enough. Deacon William Ditewig, Ph.D. was kind enough to share these thoughts on my posts, Should Deacons Wear the Roman Collar, andContinue Reading

Forbidden to Wear the Roman Collar

Forbidden to Wear the Roman Collar

I had an interesting comment on a post I wrote a while back, “Should Deacons Wear the Roman Collar?”, and as that post is one that continues to garner interest, and his question was really good, I thought I’d take a moment to muse on it. “…. I think you should ask one other question.Continue Reading

Understanding Discernment

Understanding Discernment

So a regular reader of mine, a friend looking into the diaconate asked a great question today that I thought deserved more than a quick pat answer. Here is his question. “Seriously – what resources did you find helpful during your discernment process prior to Aspirancy and what has helped you on your way throughContinue Reading

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

This weekend in our formation classes we had an interesting discussion that I wanted to share. In our psychology course, our professor constantly has us working in small groups, working out different counseling situations, with one of us acting as a therapist, and the other role playing a problem someone might have. This begged the question, isContinue Reading

Learning to Bilocate

Deacon classes are always challenging, but my latest task has taken the cake. I am currently studying bi-location. What the heck is bi-location you ask? Well, to be honest I’m not really all that sure, not having really accomplished it yet, but as I understand, many of the Saints were able to be in two placesContinue Reading

Praeconium

This is the night. There are so many things I would love to share about this most beautiful night, but as a man aspiring to the deaconate, there is something so special this night that I fell odd talking about anything else. The Praeonium, or Exultet is the most beautiful song that has ever beenContinue Reading

Genesis is Only the Beginning

So in our deacon formation classes, we have a bit of an argument, and I thought it would be fun to air our dirty laundry all over the internet. Okay, so it’s not all that, but we do get rather excited over this topic. Is the creation account in Genesis historically accurate, or is itContinue Reading

Homework

Argh. My kids drive me crazy. Every day, I assign them work to do on their own, an opportunity for them to learn some responsibility, some diligence, and a chance for me to get some of my work done without standing over them, actively teaching them. Guess what? My kids aren’t all that great atContinue Reading

Viaticum

I have a list. I’m a very organized guy! (Okay, not really, but I do have a list) Every week, I go to the long term care hospital to bring communion to folks with long standing medical issues. Here in America, this is where we send people to die. It’s a sad way to put it, butContinue Reading

Communion in the Hand

Jesus in the palm of your hand. We were talking in my formation classes about receiving the Eucharist, and one of my fellow candidates made a telling comment. He claimed that being able to receive Jesus in his hand, and to hold the Master of the universe was a powerful humbling experience. If that isContinue Reading