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The essays collected in this book, which is sure to be at the foundation of every deacon's library, aim to give the reader an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and thus to clarify the fundamental identity of the deacon, for those who are discerning such a call as aspirants and those who are already candidates for the office. Editor and contri ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 20th 2006 by Paulist Press (first published May 1st 2006)
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Steven R. McEvoy
In starting to read about the permanent diaconate I could not think about a better book to begin with. This collection of essays edited by James Keating does an amazing job of giving a historical background, the factors that lead to reinstating this ministry, a general overview, and some personal reflections on this ministry. To be honest while reading this book I stopped a few times and wrote down extensive notes, and started looking for other books mentioned.

The sections in this book are:

Intro
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Oliver Schnusenberg
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be a required read for anyone feeling called to the permanent diaconate. The organization of the text into various essays from different sources discussing the different areas of responsibility for a Catholic deacon was perfect. I also enjoyed the sections discussing the documents emanating from Vatican II and a behind-the-scenes view into the politics associated with the Council.
Joshua Watson
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This was the first book we read for our discernment class at the Advent. While wrote from a very firm Roman Catholic theological and pastoral position, this book gives a great perspective of the diaconate. Highly recommend.
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A very informative volume for the formation process.
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