Ministry and Life

 

 

Deacon Phillip Jackson

“Over a half century ago the world witnesses the profound movement of the Holy Spirit as the Second Vatican Council met. Through the movement of the Holy Spirit, the diaconate was restored to its’ permanent and proper order.  The US Bishops have stated regarding formation, “[It] requires that ongoing formation strengthen in [each deacon] the consciousness and willingness to live in intelligent, active and mature communion with their bishops and priests of their diocese, and with the Supreme Pontiff who is the visible foundation of the Church’s unity. When formed in this way, they can become in their ministry effective promoters of communion… The continuing formation of the deacon is a human necessity which must be seen in continuity with the divine call to serve the Church in the ministry.”

The post-ordination ministry and life of the deacon is motivated by the same dynamism as the holy order received:

“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word with the imposition of hands… Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to save both yourself and those who listen to you.” (NDFLM #240)