Permanent Diaconate

The Deacon’s ministry of service is linked with the missionary dimension of the church. The missionary efforts of the Deacon will embrace the ministry of the word, the liturgy and works of charity which, in their turn, are carried into daily life.


The information below is intended to help those who might feel a calling to the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Achonry.

The Director of the Permanent Diaconate Programme in the Diocese is Fr Dermot Meehan. He may be reached at Parochial House, Swinford, Co. Mayo. Tel 094-925 1790  


Parishes of Diocese of Achonry (Map by Brendan Cleary 2017)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

In the foreword to Deacons: Ministers of Christ and of God’s Mysteries, (Veritas, 2010), edited by Dr. Gearóid Dullea (then National Co-ordinator of the Permanent Diaconate), Msgr. Dermot Farrell (then National Director of the Permanent Diaconate) wrote that “one of the key fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the recovery of the role of all the baptised within the Church.” It is in this context that Vatican II decided to restore the Permanent Diaconate in the life of the Church “as a permanent and stable grade of the sacrament of Holy Orders” (cf. Lumen gentium, 29).

Dermot Farrell goes on to explain the nature and mission of the Permanent Deacon in the following way: “A deacon is ordained to assist the bishop, and work with his priests, as part of the threefold ancient ministry of the Church. The deacon’s ministry has a triple focus: (a) of the word – proclaiming, preaching, and teaching; (b) of the altar – in liturgy; and (c) of charity – in the care of the poor and the needy, in activating the social teaching of the Church, and in administration.”

The decision of the Irish Bishops to restore the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland means that the diocese of Achonry is now actively preparing for the reintroduction of permanent deacons into the life and fabric of the ministry and service of this ancient local church. The following links will provide you with information about the Permanent Diaconate in the Church in Ireland and in the Diocese of Achonry.

 


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BECOMING A PERMANENT DEACON


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APPLICATION FORM


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CHARACTER REFERENCE


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CHILD PROTECTION DECLARATION


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EMPLOYER’S REFERENCE


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PARISH PRIEST’S REFERENCE


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SEMINARY REFERENCE


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