Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Diocese rejoices and Congratulates these generous men and their wives for answering their call!

Permanent Diaconate Ordination


A permanent deacon is a man of faith and love, called by God to be an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. As the Greek word diakonos suggests, a deacon is a servant, assisting in the work of bringing God to His people through the proclamation of the Word, celebration of the Sacraments and service to others.

The Role of the Deacon can be traced to apostolic times. Among the first seven deacons was Saint Stephen. He was the first martyr to shed his blood as a witness to the faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.The deacon in the Catholic Church is a member of the hierarchy which is comprised of bishop, priest and deacon.

The deacon’s service to the people of God has three aspects of participation. In liturgical ministry he proclaims the Gospel and sometimes preaches. He imparts the solemn blessing with the Blessed Sacrament at Benediction. He may baptize, witness and bless marriages, preside at the Liturgy of the Hours and at wakes and grave site services.

In his ministry of charity the deacon is able to bring a unique sensitivity in ministering to the needs of families, single parents, students, the aged, the infirmed, the imprisoned, those who suffer from poverty or addictions and many other important services already existing or yet to be discovered.

All Christians are called to love and holiness but the deacon is one who, responding to the call of the Holy Spirit, is sent by the Church to bring Christ and His Good News to those in need.

Are you a man, thinking God might be calling you to the permanent diaconate? Would you like to have more information and meet some other deacons already ordained and working in this ministry? For Information on Deacon Formation click HERE