Yes, it was this morning!!! And yes 8 + the 3 transitionals that will, God willing, give us 4 (one deacon will be ordained in Rome in September where he is in seminary) new priests next year.
Our largest class in over 10 years!! :thumbsup:
Regarding the ministries- In my diocese is is "required" that a deacon give at least 10 hours a week to the service of the Church and her people. In my expeience, deacons put in much more time than that.
My friend who works in the marriage tribunal works there about 12 hours a week. His duties involve helping people get annulment paperwork in order, doing investigations regarding lack of form, etc. He also helps out at a parish on the weekends and for funeral home services, bringing communion to the sick, helping families plan funeral masses, baptism & marriage prep. He is retired from his "real job", so he has more hours to give.
My friend in prison ministry leads a prayer service and bible study every week at our county jail. He visits the 2 state prisons that are in my diocese 2 times a month for Mass (when a priest is available), pastoral visits and bible study. He also facilitates support groups for people recently released from prison and their families to help & support them in their re-entry to society. And he also helps out in a parish, too!
Permanent Deacons are a wonderful asset to our Church and one of the sweeter fruits of Vatican II! :D
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Today? Eight? Yes, thanks be to God!
I would love to hear more about thest ministries in a little bit of detail. How much time is spent? What duties are involved?