The Church teaches that there are three degrees within the Sacrament of Holy Orders: bishops, priests and deacons.
In recent centuries the Order of Deacon within the Roman Rite, tended to be seen as a step towards becoming a priest.
This state of affairs was revisited during the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in the 1960s. At this Council a decision was taken to restore the diaconate as a distinct ministry of service within the Church to help renew and enrich the Church's missionary endeavours.
The following links provide information on the reintroduction of the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland and in the Diocese of Elphin.
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Permanent Deacon Forms
Persons interested in having an exploratory conversation or exchange of emails concerning the Permanent Diaconate are encouraged to contact:
Rev. Dr. Michael Duignan,
Director of the Permanent Diaconate (Elphin Diocese)
Tel: 071 91 62670.