Nine men prepare for the permanent diaconate

By Deacon Scott McIntosh
One of the great legacies of the Second Vatican Council was its renewal and encouragement of the Order of Deacons. The council fathers re-established the Sacred Order of Permanent Deacons “. . . as a sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ Himself, who came not to be served, but to serve.” Following the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI, in his apostolic letter “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” confirmed the Order of Deacons as a permanent ministry in the Catholic Church.

Currently, there are nine men in formation to become permanent deacons in the Diocese of Pueblo. In June, they completed a silent retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia as part of the ongoing discernment for their vocations. Please pray for these men as they continue their journey in service to God and to his Church.