Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven

Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven

by William T. Ditewig, Michael J. Tkacik


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Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven consists of essays by recognized leaders in diaconate formation, many of whom contributed to the preparation of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004. While not a commentary on it, these essays take the National Directory as their reference point and foundation. Written from the multifaceted perspectives of pastors, deacons, academics, and church officials-all of whom are directly involved in the formation of deacons-Forming Deacons offers valuable insights on the process of implementing in practical terms the theories presented in the National Directory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809144976
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Deacon and His Relationships Wilton D. Gregory ix

Introduction William T. Ditewig 1

Part 1 Background

1 The National Directory for Deacons and How to Read It: Implementation Strategies William T. Ditewig 11

2 A Purpose-Driven Formation Theodore W. Kraus 28

3 Lessons from Priestly Formation in Integrating the Dimensions of Formation Paul J. Langsfeld 41

4 The Basic Standards for Readiness: A Commentary Stephen Graff William T. Ditewig 49

Part 2 The Human Dimension

5 Ecclesial Ordinations: Baptism, Marriage, and Orders Michael G. Lawler 61

6 The "Gift" of Formation at Midlife Ann Healey 82

7 Priests and Deacons in Partnership: Thoughts on the Role of the Priest in the Ongoing Renewal of the Diaconate Timothy J. Shugrue 100

Part 3 The Spiritual Dimension

8 The Spiritual Formation Path: The Vision and Hope of the Director David Dowdle 121

9 Themes for a Canonical Retreat: The Spiritual Apex of Diaconal Formation James Keating 134

Part 4 The Intellectual Dimension

10 The National Directory and the Educational Formation of Deacon Candidates Michael J. Tkacik 151

Part 5 The Pastoral Dimension

11 The Deacon as Preacher Marshall Gibbs 171

12 The Deacon's Ministry vis-à-vis the Laity and Parish Life John R. Alvarez 193

Notes 217

Bibliography 233

Contributors 240

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So so so sad. Just think what if that was you.