By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

When Deacon Bernie Bosse, a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Americus, described how attending the 2018 National Diaconate Congress impacted his faith, he explained that it seemed like the “past five years of spiritual formation…on steroids.”


“Living in a portion of the country that’s 3 percent Catholic and then spending a week with 2,800 Catholics, the Papal Nuncio, numerous bishops and two cardinals was a spiritual shot in the arm,” Bosse, who was ordained to the diaconate in May, said in an email. “It was inspiring. I haven’t come down from the high yet.”


By: Christine Bordelon (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

NEW ORLEANS (CNS)--While the ministry of the deacon has changed in the Catholic Church’s history, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, said deacons today are a sign of what Christians are called to be in their service of God and neighbor.


Speaking at the 2018 National Diaconate Congress in New Orleans July 22-26, Cardinal Tobin said the diaconate is absolutely crucial to the Church’s life. Deacons have a threefold ministry of “word, sacrament and charity ... permeated by a commitment to charity and justice.”


By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

Bishop Hartmayer’s homily for the Diaconate Ordination 2018


My dear brothers and sisters, today, the Diocese of Savannah is blessed to have 13 candidates presenting themselves to be ordained to the Order of Deacon.


I welcome Bishop Boland, the priests, deacons, consecrated religious, seminarians, family and friends of these candidates and all who have come here to witness this joyful celebration.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

A gallery of the men to be ordained to the permanent and transitional diaconate May 19, 2018 can be found on our Smugmug.






By: Submitted by Jo Soparas
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

During the weekend of Oct. 6-8, permanent deacons of the Savannah Diocese and their wives gathered at Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge in Helena for their annual retreat. 


The retreat leaders, from Faith on Fire Ministry and International Liturgy Publications, were Vince Abrosetti, a well- known musician, retreat leader, and publisher; Father Ken Beale also a musician and composer and retired Air Force Chaplain; and Deacon Jerry Ziemklewicz.


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