The Office for Deacons is concerned with the life and work of permanent deacons in our diocese. In the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States the identity of the permanent deacons is summarized in the following words:
Ordination confers an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It configures the deacon to Christ’s consecration and mission. It constitutes the deacon as “a sacred minister and a member of the hierarchy” with a distinct identity and integrity in the Church that marks him neither a lay person nor a priest; rather the deacon is a cleric who is ordained to diakonia, a service to God’s People in communion with the bishop and his body of priests. (# 29)
The Office for Deacons sees as its work promoting the ability of permanent deacons to conform their life and work to the person of Christ the Servant who came to serve and not to be served. This includes their continued spiritual and ministerial formation as well as supporting the effectiveness of their ministry in the diocese.