Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 1:7)
To all Deacons and those who want to learn about us welcome.
On behalf of the Executive of the National Association of Deacons I wish to thank you for your support of our Biennial Conference for the National Association of Deacons that was held in Melbourne, Victoria on the 8th-11th October 2015 at the Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Victoria.
The keynote speaker was Rev Prof Frank Brennan who presented extensively on the topic of "The Deacon as Minister of Social Justice". We take this opportunity to thank him for his challenging input and inspiring discussions.
The conference was opened by Archbishop Denis Hart who also celebrated the final Mass at the Cathedral. Other presenters included Deacon Ralph Madigan, Vicki Clark and Sherry Balcombe from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Victoria and Graeme Mundine from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Sydney.
Michael McGirr, Director of Mission at St Kevin's in Toorack gave an inspiring after dinner speech filled with humour. Sr Claire Griffin gave the final talk of the conference. We wish to sincerely thank all these presenters for their dedication and hard work which made attendance at this conference one to be remembered.
The Executive wishes to thank Deacon Jim Curtin and Deacon Mark Kelly and their hardworking team from Victoria for the marvelous way in which the conference was run, organised and the inspiriation material that was presented.
A full report on the conference is currently being drafted and will be available soon.
There is an exciting conference coming up in Rome in May 2016 to celebrating the 50th Jubilee for Deacons.
This gathering of deacons from around the world, together with their wives and children, will be held in Rome from Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29, 2016. We as deacons, are very privileged that our Pope has seen fit to include deacons in this Year of Mercy. "Mercy is the very foundation of the Church's life" (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus).
This website is created for and by Catholic deacons in Australia. We hope to reflect in these pages the diaconate in the Latin Church as well as in the Eastern and Oriental Catholic Churches. If you are a deacon we hope that you find in these pages articles that support your ongoing formation and stimulate your thinking about ministry. We hope too, that you will pick up some interesting news from Australia and around the world, as well as sharing news with other deacons. To contact the web Adminstrator
If you are in formation, someone discerning a call or just someone interested in the diaconate in the Catholic Church there will be things of interest here for you too.
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In this section a number of deacons have written profiles about themselves. They share with us a little bit of their life story, their journey towards ordination and something of their ministry.
In time we hope to be able to have a profile of every Catholic deacon in Australia. Meeting deacons and learning about who they are reveals a diverse picture of the diaconate in Australia. To send profiles
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