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Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 7 at Cathedral

Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 7 at Cathedral

| December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Proclaiming God’s word, bringing the cares of the community to the Eucharist and the Eucharist to those in need, and serving in corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

These are critical aspects of a calling to the permanent diaconate, and 10 men to be ordained Dec. 7 have heard and answered that call, said Deacon Joseph Michalak, director of the Institute for Diaconate Formation at The St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. All of the faithful are invited to the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul to celebrate the ordination, Deacon Michalak said. 

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Serving young families tops Walker’s hopes for his diaconate

Serving young families tops Walker’s hopes for his diaconate

| December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 30 years, Rodney Walker and his family moved three times, and at each of the parishes he attended, the pastor told him the same thing: “You will make a good deacon someday, but not yet.”

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Showing up at the right place at the wrong time prompted Utecht to take diaconate call seriously

Showing up at the right place at the wrong time prompted Utecht to take diaconate call seriously

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During a Mass at a Steubenville North Youth Conference, Joe Utecht, 59, felt called a call to holy orders, and it initially confused him — he was already a husband and father of five. Then he realized that God might be calling him to the diaconate.

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Almost a deacon, Schroeder’s goal is ‘to be known as a follower of Jesus’

Almost a deacon, Schroeder’s goal is ‘to be known as a follower of Jesus’

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William Schroeder, 63, said that a prayer for vocations at Mass stirred his heart to seek out diaconate formation.

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Ahead of diaconate ordination, Neisen says everything he has to give is Christ’s

Ahead of diaconate ordination, Neisen says everything he has to give is Christ’s

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A parishioner of St. John the Baptist and software engineer, Joel Niesen said he was first interested in the diaconate 20 years ago, but needs in his family required him to wait to pursue formation.

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Evander encouraged by friends, mentors to pursue diaconate

Evander encouraged by friends, mentors to pursue diaconate

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Eric Evander, 59, urges men who are discerning the diaconate to spend time in an adoration chapel, letting the Lord know what is in their hearts.

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Before he was a deacon, Damiani felt drawn to serve at the altar

Before he was a deacon, Damiani felt drawn to serve at the altar

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A business manager, Damiani said diaconate formation has taught him to be open to moments of service and experiences of God’s presence when they are least expected.

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Daly describes diaconate calling as Jesus ‘pulling at my shirt-sleeve’

Daly describes diaconate calling as Jesus ‘pulling at my shirt-sleeve’

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Michael James Daly, 53, said he feels called to serve the sick and the suffering, so they know “they are never alone and that someone is praying for them.”

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To-be Deacon Cooley: ‘My greatest gift I can offer the Church is my “yes”‘

To-be Deacon Cooley: ‘My greatest gift I can offer the Church is my “yes”‘

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drawn to service, Cooley said he felt called to ordained ministry but also to marriage. As he prayed about it the idea of being a deacon arose and continued to grow over the years.

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Almost-Deacon Bauch says diaconate isn’t ‘another job,’ but being person God made him to be

Almost-Deacon Bauch says diaconate isn’t ‘another job,’ but being person God made him to be

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A parishioner of St. Bonaventure in Bloomington and project manager in information technology, he said diaconate formation has helped strengthen the bond between him and his wife, Lisa Anne, and deepened and enriched his prayer life. 

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As a deacon, Allgaier aims to serve the ‘Lazaruses who live among us’

As a deacon, Allgaier aims to serve the ‘Lazaruses who live among us’

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John Allgaier, 60, credits his wife, Kelly, and God’s grace in helping him balance family, work and study for the diaconate.

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Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 9

Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 9

| December 5, 2017 | 3 Comments

The 10 men who’ll be ordained permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Dec. 9 prove what Deacon Joseph Michalak knows to be true about the permanent diaconate — that there is no certain type of man who is called to the vocation.

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