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";s:4:"text";s:1642:"But a bishop does not cease to be a priest, nor does a priest cease to be a deacon. Like a priest, people of the parish look up to the deacon, and, by extension, his wife. Understand the role of a deacon or deaconess in the church. Let me see if I can help shed some light on some of them. A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. Part of the Catholic deacon formation process in Portland includes current Catholic deacons and their wives speaking to men in formation and their wives about what life is like after ordination. There are three orders in the Catholic hierarchy — deacon, priest and bishop. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ,who came "to serve and not to be served." What Is a Deacon? Share Flipboard Email Print Hill Street Studios / Getty Images Christianity. Some deacons are later ordained priests, just as some priests are later ordained bishops. The deacon is an ordained minister - alongside presbyters (priests) - who serves the church under the direction of the bishop. There are three groups,or "orders," of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons. All levity aside, if members of your parish are asking you to look into being a deacon, that may very well be God calling you to examine yourself to see if you have a vocation. Take it seriously, and find out. That is quite a shopping list of questions. The Catholic deacon wives were very honest and my wife found this to be very helpful. Ordained Catholic ministers enter the clerical state with ordination to the diaconate. In that sense, all Catholic clergy are deacons. ";s:7:"keyword";s:39:"what is it like to be a catholic deacon";s:5:"links";s:2450:", , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ";s:7:"expired";i:-1;}