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[Lat. ordo,=rank], in Christianity, the traditional degrees of the clergy, conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Order. The episcopacy, priesthood or presbyterate, and diaconate were in general use in Christian churches in the 2d cent.
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the third rank of ministers in the Orthodox Church.

In the period of early Christianity deacons were persons chosen to direct the economic affairs of the community. Later, with the appearance of bishops, they became intermediaries between the latter and the flock, as well as assistants in the administration of the eparchy. In the second half of the 20th century, they represent the lowest rank of the ecclesiastical hierarchy (after the higher clergy and priests). Within the group itself there are protodeacons (senior deacons), hierodeacons (deacons who are monks), and arch-deacons (in the service of bishops or higher clergy).


1. (in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
2. (in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs


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I would not want in any way to derogate their wonderful contribution to our diocesan family," he said adding that he was "quite delighted with how the permanent diaconate is working in our diocese.
The permanent diaconate shall consist of "deacons for life" ordained by a bishop to assist the bishop and presbyter in church's mission, proclaiming of the word, celebration of the sacraments and coordinating the community's diakonia.
Ever since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) restored the permanent diaconate in the church, the numbers of deacons in United States have been off and running.
The organization is also sponsoring a retreat for women called to the permanent diaconate Sept.
Ollick was ordained for the permanent diaconate of the Atlanta archdiocese in 2007.
McManimon, who started the permanent diaconate program in Trenton, asked him to consider the ministry, Donadieu asked McManimon what the difference was between an active layperson and a deacon.
The Permanent Diaconate is an ordained ministry that's conferred by a bishop through the sacrament of Holy Orders.
Finally, concerning the permanent diaconate, that this Synod recommends the establishment of a process that could eventually open to women access to this order, which, as tradition says, is directed non ad sacerdotium, sed ad ministerium ['not to priesthood, but to ministry']," he said.
me modern rebirth of the permanent diaconate began in 1951 when several young social workers who hoped to become married permanent deacons to serve the needy formed a group in Freiburg, Germany.
The Second Vatican Council opened a path to the restoration of the permanent diaconate in local churches that could be put into effect in a variety of ways, dependent on the needs and the discernment of the local bishops.
Priest and bishop were the only orders considered "permanent" until the restoration of the permanent diaconate by the council.
The study cites many signs of vitality in parish Hispanic ministry --including youth, a strong permanent diaconate system and thriving apostolic movements, which Ospino found "refreshing.

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