permanent diaconate

New deacons called to imitate Christ through service

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Before a packed house June 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained 25 men into the permanent diaconate, the largest ordination class in the 41-year history of the program.

"By your ordination, you are configured to Christ in His servant role, and you must be living signs of the Church in its servant role," Archbishop Carlson said in the homily, adding "This was at the heart of the apostles calling the first deacons."

Deacon appointments for June 10

The following appointments of the newly-ordained permanent deacons are effective June 4, 2016

Deacon James E. Broom is appointed to assist the pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville

Deacon Thomas A. Burke, III is appointed to assist the pastor of St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles

Deacon David P. Dille is appointed to assist the pastor of Christ the King Parish in University City

Deacon Donald J. Funke, Jr. is appointed to assist the pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Florissant

Newly ordained Deacon Stephen Young wants to inspire his children as others did him

Deacon Stephen Young, right, of Immaculate Conception Parish in Park Hills, accepted congratulations during a reception June 4 in Boland Hall following the Ordination of Deacons at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Finding the Young clan seemed like a tall ask.

After all, the congregation numbered about 700 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for the ordination Mass of permanent deacons, on the first Saturday in June.

But the family proved to be pretty easy to pick out of the crowd.

For one, the Youngs sat in a defined area for families of the 18 men ordained that day by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. The families were just behind the men to be ordained, starting in the third pew.

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Deacon Charles Allen

Just more than nine years ago, I was blessed to be ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis by then-Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.

Since that day -- the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, June 3, 2006 -- no other African-American has been ordained to the permanent diaconate in the archdiocese.

Clergy appointments for permanent deacons

Deacon Patrick J. Belding, a permanent deacon, is appointed to assist the pastor of Christ Prince of Peace Parish in Manchester.

Deacon James K. Carter, a permanent deacon, is appointed to assist the pastor/administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington.

Deacon Timothy L. Dunn, a permanent deacon, is appointed to assist the pastor of Our Lady Parish in Festus.

Deacon Donald A. Elbert, a permanent deacon, is appointed to assist the pastor/administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington.

Number of permanent deacons grows, but many reaching retirement age

Dan Henke, a member of the diaconate class of 2014, listened to Father Don Wester during a homiletics class at All Saints Parish in St. Peters.

WASHINGTON -- While the number of permanent deacons keeps growing, those ordained to the permanent diaconate are steadily reaching retirement age, with a need to replenish their ranks, according to a study released Aug. 6 on the diaconate.

There are more than 18,000 permanent deacons in the United States, including more than 15,000 who are active in ministry, according to the study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

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