Marquette: Pastoral Letter on Permanent Diaconate

The deacon is called to care in a special way for the modern day “widows and orphans.” This would include, but is not limited to, ministry to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned, the sick, the lonely and the abandoned. The deacon is called in a very special and particular way to be the image or “icon” of Jesus, who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

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