Those who make up the Community of Deacons are ordained persons who have been called to a special ministry of servanthood, directly under the authority of the bishop. In the past they were called “Permanent Deacons,” “Perpetual Deacons” or “Vocational Deacons,” but they are now called just “Deacons,” and those persons who are temporarily deacons on the way to ordination to the priesthood are called “Transitional Deacons.”
Deacons exercise a ministry of service beyond the church, particularly to the vulnerable and marginalized. Their focus is on the church active in the world rather than parochial activities.
The process for applying for ordination as a deacon requires the full involvement of a sponsoring parish, parish priest and bishop. Together with the Coordinator of Deacons, the applicant and his or her sponsors enter into an intensive discernment process both for the individual and the parish.
Parishes interested in exploring this ministry should contact the Coordinator. Individuals who are interested in this ministry need to talk to their incumbent before contacting the Coordinator. Permission must be granted from the area bishop before any discernment process can proceed.
For information about the Community of Deacons and diaconal ministry in the Diocese of Toronto, please contact the Coordinator of Deacons, the Rev. Kyn Barker, at 416-371-4305.
- Information on the Diaconate in the Diocese of Toronto
- Checklist for Ordination to the Diaconate
- Suggested Reading List on the Diaconate
- Liturgical Function of the Deacon