The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant to those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the sacraments.
Deacons are models of servant ministry within the church, inviting the church out to meet the needs of the world. They are a full and ancient order, established first by the Apostles in the book of Acts to assist with the distribution of food to those in need.
FORMATION FOR THE DIACONATE
The Academy for Vocational Leadership is a three-year local formation program, a collaboration between the Dioceses of Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, and Michigan. As part of the Iona Collaborative, a curriculum and program developed by the Seminary of the Southwest, we are able to train individuals for Holy Orders affordably and nearby.