Deacons

A man walks past the former Church of the Nativity in New York City in December 2018. It was deconsecrated in 2017. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 
Robert David Sullivan June 14, 2019
The number of U.S. parishes without resident pastors has leveled off to about 3,400, according to the latest data from CARA—but only after dioceses have closed down thousands of churches since 1990.
Pia de Solenni May 28, 2019
As a woman in leadership in the church, I think we are having the wrong conversation when we focus so narrowly on the question of women deacons that we fail to see the ways Catholic women can—and already do—lead.
Kerry Weber May 17, 2019
Our survey of Catholic women found little opposition to the ordination of women as permanent deacons, but a survey of U.S. bishops revealed more skepticism of the idea.
Colleen Dulle January 16, 2019
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” we explore the topic of women deacons.
With the Chicago skyline in the background, deacons pray as participants gather to end violence and promote peace during the eighth annual Sunrise Prayer Service and Mass on Aug. 26, 2017. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
Joseph DeGrocco August 10, 2018
A man pursuing the diaconate must see his desire to serve as a true vocation.
A new survey has found that the majority of U.S. Catholic religious orders believe women should be allowed to serve as ordained deacons.