The diaconate has evolved immensely in the generation since those words were written, not only in the Anglican Communion but in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran and other churches, where the “vocational” diaconate has come to the fore and proved its value. Changed understandings of diakonia, diaconate and deacons have very much influenced this evolution. Our purpose is to introduce the renewed diaconate to those who may not be familiar with it, and provide helpful information to deacons, diaconal candidates, and indeed all interested in the Church’s ministry.
As deacons we are pretty starved of resources about our vocation and ministry. But there's good news. Last year there was an international ecumenical conference on the diaconate in Saskatchewan: see report here. As a follow-up, a book is coming out in August this year with all the talks, to be called 'The Diaconate in … Continue reading NEW BOOK ON DIACONATE COMING SOON
The Revd Canon Michael Jackson 24 January 2018 9:25AM 2 Comments Having been ordained in 1977, the Revd Canon Michael Jackson from the Diocese of Qu’Appelle is the longest serving deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. In this blog, he explores the permanent diaconate. Our liturgies invite us to pray for “all bishops, priests … Continue reading THE DIACONATE: RENEWING AN ANCIENT MINISTRY