Men interested in learning about becoming permanent deacons are invited to attend an informational session on Sunday, Jan. 16, in the Parish Center at St. John the Evangelist Church, 55 Martha St., Spencerport, at 1 p.m.
Deacon Larry Van Etten and his wife, Margo, will be on hand to present a film, a short presentation and to answer questions about the Order of Deacon. The presentation will include information on what’s involved in diaconal ministry and on the requirements for becoming a permanent deacon.
Both married and single men are welcome, and Catholics are urged to invite the attendance of men they think might be interested in the diaconate. Married men are invited to bring their wives with them.
The permanent diaconate was restored as an ordained ministry in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. In the United States, the diaconate was restored in 1968 and has now grown to almost 13,000 deacons. The Rochester Diocese currently has 103 ordained deacons serving in a variety of ministerial roles.
Diaconate information sessions will be slated in other locations throughout the Rochester Diocese in the coming months, according to Deacon David Palma, director of the Office of Deacon Personnel. For information, call Deacon Palma at 585/328-3210, ext. 1237.