On May 10, 2008, Adrien Chaput, a layman in our diocese, received the Sacrament of Holy Orders unto the Order of Diaconate. What is this Order of Diaconate? Who are deacons and what part do they play in the Church, in our diocese, and in society?
In February 2007 Ecclesia published “The Call and the Beginning of His Journey”, the first of two articles on the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Pembroke. In this article we answer the questions above and refer to the experiences of Adrien and some of the other permanent deacons in Pembroke Diocese.
The motto for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Pembroke is “Ego in medio vestrum sum, sicut qui ministrat” (“I am in your midst as one who serves” [Luke 22:27]. These words of our Lord to his beloved disciples at the Last Supper are a motto for permanent deacons, to be a sacrament of service to the Church and to the world. Of course, all the baptized, whether lay or ordained, are called to do service for others. In addition, the permanent deacon serves directly under the bishop, and in collaboration with him and the priests he is called to be a living sign of the care of Christ and his Church.