Admission and Scrutinies
God is calling each of us to serve one another in charity and love as Pope Francis regularly speaks to this call. For some, there is a particular invitation to serve Christ and the Church in ordained ministry. The permanent diaconate, restored at Vatican II, is a ministry of service that is open to married and single men. In the words of St. John Paul II, the ministry of the deacon “is the Church’s service sacramentalized.”Deacons are ordained to the Ministry of Service in three areas: Word, Liturgy, and Charity. As a servant to the Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, instruct the faithful, and evangelize by word and deed, as did the great deacons St. Stephen and St. Francis. As a servant of Liturgy of the Church, deacons preside at baptisms, assist at the Eucharist, bring the Eucharist to the sick and suffering, witness marriages, bury the dead, and preside at benediction. As a servant of charity, like the great deacon Saint Lawrence, deacons address the needs of the community to the Church and bring its support and assistance to those in need. The deacon is called to be the “Icon of Christ the Servant” living out the life of charity for the people of God and being an “animator” for all to feed the hungry, visit the sick, and minister to the imprisoned.
Because deacons work in the secular world and most are married men with families, they share in the worries and stresses of daily life. Permanent deacons know well the difficulties of balancing faith, family, and financial security. Through the deacon living in the world as an ordained minister, the Church knows personally the challenges, demands, fears, and anxieties of the People of God. By his vocation the deacon bridges work, family, and leisure with the life of the Church. In fact, by living and working in the secular world, the deacon seeks to model, in his person, the integration of what one believes and how one lives.
If you are discerning God’s possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Liturgy as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, you and your wife are encouraged to work with the pastor and deacons of your parish to start down the path. If you want additional information, please email Deacon Dominic Romaguera, Director of Admissions (dominic@SMSeminary.com).
Our Church is global and multicultural and so we actively seek men for the diaconate from our many cultural communities in the Archdiocese. Academic classes are offered in English and Spanish.