While much has been written about the role of the deacon in the last several decades, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about his particular vocation. Fifty years in the life of the Church is a relatively short period of time. Subsequently, there is still an opportunity for growth and greater appreciation for the role of the deacon in ministry.
I have experienced many things in my 17 years of ministry as a deacon serving in three different dioceses. It will be a pleasure to share some of the insights learned, and I look forward to learning from the experiences of the deacons and their wives from Springfield, Illinois. (I ask all of my readers to keep us in prayer for a fruitful gathering so that we may experience renewal in the Holy Spirit.)