Written through the eyes of a deacon, this study of the permanent diaconate discerns who deacons are in relation to the Church and the service that flows from their interior character--they are ordained ministers, preachers of the Word, and models of Christ. As deacons move along the path of charity, they herald the Good News of Jesus Christ in the world.
Deacons are called to minister to the community of believers, in service to Christ, their bishop, the poor, and the Body of Christ. This narrative takes the reader through Pope Francis's vision for the permanent diaconate. This story reviews the renewal of the permanent diaconate and significant magisterial teachings on the office of the diaconate. It looks at Pope Francis's words as bishop of Buenos Aires and his papal teachings, including his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.