Wait! What is a deacon? "Deacon" comes from a Greek word which means "service." Permanent deacons receive the sacrament of Holy Orders to assist the bishop and priests in serving the Church.
More specifically, deacons act in service of the sacraments, the Gospel, and ministries of charity. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, preside over funerals, and perform special tasks at Mass like proclaiming the Gospel and preaching. Unlike bishops and priests, a deacon can be married when he is ordained (though he cannot remarry if his wife should die).
With host Michael Rubbelke, we will be answering the question: what kind of men are called to serve the Church as permanent deacons? Meet the four men who are in formation to become deacons and their wives: Mike and Tracey Plenzler, James and Wendy Summers, Harry and Joanne Verhiley, and Phil and Claire Hayes. We will also get to know our very own Deacon Lou Giovannini and his wife Lori. Listen as they share their experiences of being called and formed to become deacons, how their ministry affects their family life, and how deacons serve our Church today. Meet a new couple each week!
This week, we hear from Phil and Claire Hayes, as they share their journey to Saint Pius X and Claire's perspective as the wife of a future deacon.
God bless them!