Bishop Alexander K. Sample of the Diocese of Marquette, MI has issued the pastoral letter: “The Deacon: Icon of Jesus Christ, the Servant.”
Here is the bishops’ newspaper column on the letter.
Story summarizing the letter, a brochure for parishes, and the bishop’s audio message – all here.
Pray Tell comment: As the priesthood shortage becomes quite dire in coming years, it will be interesting to observe the effects upon the permanent diaconate. Of course, the permanent diaconate is an order in its own right, not a stop-gap because of the shortage or priests. But as the shortage worsens, I’m sure the guys in the diaconate will be ready to serve any way they can. – awr
H/T: Deacon’s Bench.