This section includes a range of articles on topics about deacons and diaconate which do not fit neatly into reflections on the ministry of the word, liturgy or pastoral ministry. There is a fairly wide scope in this section to include articles of general interest to deacons, those in formation and formators. Simply open up the link to a PDF at the bottom of this page to locate the article you would like to read.
In this section we want to open up some theological reflection on the nature of ministry in general, diaconal ministry, ecclesiology, liturgy and current questions about these.
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Year of Grace and Year of Faith Comparison Chart (46 KB) - The Year of Grace is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which overlaps and intertwines with the international Year of Faith.
After Ordination- Rev Dr Anthony Gooley (138 KB) - A paper presented by Rev Dr Anthony Gooley at the NAD Conference 2011
After Ordination-power point (719 KB) - Power point to accompany the presentation After Ordination.
Acts 6 a short introduction (58 KB)
Cara Deacons Poll (437 KB)
Q&A on Acts 6 (25 KB)
Servant Myth (108 KB)
Terms of Address (32 KB) - The table in this article indicating forms of address for presbyters (priests) and deacons is the one approved by the ACBC for use in Australia. It is, however, universally applicable.
What is a deacon (27 KB)
What does a Deacon Do (29 KB)
Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei (Door of Faith) (74 KB) - The letter of Benedict XVI announcing the Holy Year for 2012-2013.
Called From the Crowd (68 KB) - Fr Morgan Batt of the Archdiocese of Brisbane writes about vocational discernment.
Eastern Catholic Churches (169 KB) - A short article about Eastern Catholic Churches from the series 'Bite Size Vatican II'.
What is meant by Roman Catholic in ecumenical dialogue' (130 KB) - When the Catholic Church enters into ecumenical dialogue and partnerships it is referred to as the Roman Catholic Church. Catholics use the term Roman Catholic in another way.
A vocation discernment process (142 KB) - Are you a single or married Catholic man wondering if God might be calling you to be a deacon in the Catholic Church' This article is a discernment tool to help you pray through your search.
The Diaconate: A Theological Overview (89 KB) - Deacon John Taylor explores some of the theological foundations of the ministry of deacons.
Social justice implications of counter terrorism (153 KB) - In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald Richard Ackland asks what price we are paying to counter terrorism. He argues that the continued operation of the US Military Detention Centre and abuse of human rights and international legal
Eastern Catholic Churches (574 KB) - As are many Latin Rite Catholics, I am a bit ignorant about the Eastern Catholic Church. What is the difference between the rites' Can Latin Church Catholics fulfil their Sunday obligation by attending an Eastern Catholic Mass' etc
BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES ON MARRIAGE (168 KB) - LONDON, MARCH 9, 2012 Here is a letter signed by the president and vice president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales, regarding a possible change in law to recognize same-sex "marriage." The letter will be read at Masses in England and Wal
The basin and the towel and the deacon (86 KB) - This essay argues that the basin and towel, an image taken from John's Gospe,l have no connection with diaconal ministry and should be abandoned as a symbol.
2011-12 Survey of Deacons in the USA (71 KB) -
Receive the Gospel-Bishop Oudeman (61 KB) - A paper presented at the 2011 NAD Conference by Bishop Joseph Oudeman.
Teach What You Believe-Penny Carroll (104 KB) - A paper presented at the 2011 NAD confernce by Mrs Penny Carroll.
Basin and the Towel (9 KB) - This text was used by Penny in her presentation at NAD Conference 2011
Report of the National Coordinator (23 KB) - Report of the National Coordinator NAD Conference 2011
Report on the Guidelines (22 KB) - Report on the ACBC Diaconate Guidelines NAD Conference 2011
Ministry Snapshot-Dcn Greg Kerr (35 KB) - A short presentation on a ministry at the NAD Conference 2011
2011 NAD Conference Program (132 KB) - Outline of the program and presenters for NAD Conference 2011
Conference schedule 2011 (36 KB)
Diaconia Song (37 KB)
Restoring the Diaconate (50 KB) - This article first appeared in The Catholic Leader (news paper of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia). It is the first in a monthly catechetical series on deacons to be published in the paper.
Restoration of diaconate and the faith of the Church (49 KB) - This article first appeared in The Catholic Leader (Archdiocese of Brisbane) as part of a catechetical series on the diaconate.