A call of their own: The role of deacons in the church
Deacons are not meant to be mini-priests, or super-laypeople. But the church as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them.
Even after nearly 50 years, the permanent diaconate still confuses some people. If deacons aren’t priests, are they laypeople? No—they are ordained. Some deacons say that priests have told them that theirs is not a “real” vocation. Wrong again. Deacons are called to embody the image of Christ the servant; they represent the church in the community, and at Sunday Mass they bring the needs of the community to the attention of the church.