Permanent Deacons

The permanent diaconate was re-established in the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1967, allowing males (who may be married or unmarried) to be ordained deacons.


A permanent deacon is one who has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders "not to the priesthood but to service" (Vatican II:Lumen Gentium 29).


Through ordination, a person is marked as an official public minister of the Church and a participant in its ordained leadership, and is authorised to exercise certain ministries such as preaching and officiating at baptisms, marriages and funerals.


In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, we have a number of Permanent Deacons working in different ministries throughout the diocese.