No, our parish does not have any permanent deacons. However, our diocese does have two.
Yes, I believe permanent deacons are a good idea because God’s Church instituted it.
Yes, I’ve met deacons. Holy men, on fire for the Lord. For example, Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald.
I don’t know if I am called to this ministry vocation. I am discerning.
No, women should not be permited to be deacons. Once the Church allowed for deaconesses as we use to baptize converts naked. But today that is no longer the form and thus not necessary. Deacons and Priests are men as Christ is male.
Incidentally, I think it would be a fascinating study/book on the “Deacons of the Church” and how they affected things. For example, if it were not for the fortitude and tenacious stick-to-it-ness of Athanasius (or the other two deacons who are sometimes cited as its author) would we have the Creed we profess at Sunday Mass? (according to Jurgens “Faith of the Early Fathers” St. Athanasius was a deacon at that time)
St. Lawrence the Deacon, pray for us!