The Deacon Reader

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The essays collected in this book, which is sure to be at the foundation of every deacon's library, aim to give the reader an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and thus to clarify the fundamental identity of the deacon, for those who are discerning such a call as aspirants and those who are already candidates for the office. Editor and contributor James Keating divides the book into three sections: historical and theological foundations, pastoral foundations, and sociological ...
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Overview

The essays collected in this book, which is sure to be at the foundation of every deacon's library, aim to give the reader an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and thus to clarify the fundamental identity of the deacon, for those who are discerning such a call as aspirants and those who are already candidates for the office. Editor and contributor James Keating divides the book into three sections: historical and theological foundations, pastoral foundations, and sociological foundations for the diaconate, i.e., the core elements of the diaconal identity. Some of the subjects covered are the history of the diaconate, the morality of the deacon, the deacon and work, and the deacon's wife. The most significant deacon theologians contribute to this text as well as priest experts on the diaconate. It is a complete systematic academic text for the first years of formation of deacons according to the New Roman National Directory (2005). As such, it is indispensable. This is the first text ever that specifies the theological formation of the deacon student over a range of themes and specialties. There is nothing like it in print.
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Editorial Reviews

Blase Cupich
"This book sets out to do what it promises: clarify the fundamental identity of the deacon within the Catholic Church. The authors know their material and present it well. ...I welcome this publication as it offers a comprehensive set of articles that will facilitate teaching and discussion."
Most Rev., STD Bishop of Rapid City
Greg Kandra
"My prayers have been answered! For years, I've been looking for a book like this. Now, thanks to editor James Keating, it is here. ...The Deacon Reader is a comprehensive, informative and inspiring overview of the diaconate - and may well prove to be the definitive work on the subject. "
Deacon Candidate, Diocese of Brooklyn
Howard J. Hubbard
"This excellent book of essays is a must read, not only for the diaconal community, but for the entire Church. It provides rich and practical insights about the nature of the restored diaconate and its relevance for contemporary ministry. I recommend THE DEACON READER wholeheartedly."
Most Rev. , Bishop of Albany, New York
William F. Skylstad
"The Deacon Reader, a compendium of excellent articles on many aspects of diaconal ministry, is a timely and valuable resource for every deacon. The relatively brief experience of almost a half century of the diaconate now provides a rich opportunity for theological, pastoral and spiritual reflection on this remarkable restoration in the Catholic Church. The authors have captured well the powerful movement of the Holy Spirit in this awesome and exciting development of diaconal ministry."
Most Rev. , President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Daniel R. Jenky
"THE DEACON READER provides the reader with the historical, theological, pastoral and sociological foundations of the diaconate. The essays demonstrate the importance of the ministry of the deacon in today’s Church. This collection of unified essays is a valuable tool for Priests, Deacons, Deacon Directors, and Aspirants who want to know more about the Order of Deacons. I look forward to [its publication and] the collaboration it will promote among all who are involved in ministry."
Most Rev., C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria
Thomas J. Olmsted
"In the forty years since Vatican II, permanent deacons have assumed an increasingly important share in the mission of the Church, especially in the United States.....This book contributes admirably toward this goal. I recommend it especially to deacons and those discerning a vocation to diaconal ministry."
Most Rev. , D.D., Bishop of Phoenix
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809143894
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 907,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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