As deacons in the Diocese of Buffalo, called to be servants of God by imitating Jesus who said, "I come not to be served, but to serve," (Matthew 20:28) we are called to a life of service.
Deacons have a threefold ministry:
Minister of the Word - To proclaim the Gospel and preach the homily.
Minister of the Liturgy - To baptize, to witness marriages, communion services, and conduct funeral rites.
Minister of Service - To work with the marginalized, the poor, the imprisoned and to bring comfort to the sick.
In our spiritual life, we should always be mindful of the exhortation made to us in the Rite of Ordination to Holy Deacon: "Receive the Gospel of Christ of which you are the herald; believe what you preach, teach what you believe and put into practice what you teach."
Deacons in the Diocese of Buffalo are currently working in hospitals and nursing homes, bringing comfort to the sick and dying, in prison ministries, parishes, working in colleges, with youth ministries, city missions, or just about anywhere God calls us to serve.
A call to vocations is a grace from God; a grace that comes through prayerful discernment and conversations with other deacons, priests or members of religious communities.
If you sense that you have the talents and the grace to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ then, perhaps, God is calling you to the Permanent Diaconate. To learn more about the diaconal formation program, please complete the vocation's form on the Vocation Tab.