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2 Diaconate The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Ii Exploring the restoration of the permanent diaconate World War, mission needs sped diaconate movement By FATHER JOHN MOORE Special to the Message From the Middle Ages to the days of World War II, the office of deacon was in eclipse. To be sure, it lingered in the twilight world of the mystic, but it really wasn't taken too seriously in its own right. Perhaps in the tradition of the Eastern and Or- thodox Churches the role of deacon had particular meaning but in reality the office was more historic tradition than ministry of service. The human tragedy of World War II not only changed the map but also the mind of Europe. In Ger- many, theologians who had been in prison at Dachau urged the ordina- tion of permanent and married dea- cons. As a result of their efforts, the Community of the Diaconate was founded in Freiburg-Breisgau in 1951. In 1956, Bishop von Bekknm of Indonesia proposed the restoration of the permanent diaconate for mission countries. Pope Plus XII indicated his support and sympathy for such a move but declared in October 1957 that "the time is not yet ripe." In 1959, Caritas International re- iiii The human tragedy of World War II not only changed the map but also the mind of Europe. In Germany, theologians who had been in prison at Dachau urged the ordination of permanent and married deacons. quested that the permanent diaconate be restored and from October 4 to 16, 1963, the subject was discussed during the deliberations of Vatican for the restoration came from -- Rome in August 1968. Shortly thereafter the NCCB issued guidelines and formed a study committee on the perma- nent diaconate. On Council II. On Sep- tember 29, 1964, in  J September 15,1972, four separate votes, |l  Pope Paul VI issued the Council approved [ further norms regard" the restoration of the  ing the diaconate. diaconate, v  Since that time The first interna- .. I[ * the bishops of the United States have estal tional congress on the diaconate [[ ,,./ lished a secretaria! fr was held in Rome in October ]L - the diaconate at tllel 1965. Shortly thereafter an in- 1,5 headquarters ia WaSh" ternational commission was ] mgton, D.C. This ottl set up to advise the Pope on has assumed responsibil" how to implement the rec- l lty for approving diocesan ommendations of Vatican II. pans for the restoration of the "II 8 diaconate, for formulatl.g . On June 18, 1967, Pope full program of spiritual, e; Paul V[ issued Sacrum Dia- conatus Ordinem, a docu- logical and pastoral ibrm.a'o;; and for servicing the blsia r merit which re-established the with regard to specitl, q.;i tions on the diaconate and detan permanent diaconate for the Western Church and left to the bish- ops of each country the determina- tion of time and circumstances. In April 1968, the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) prepared a position paper and formed an ad hoc committee to es- tablish the permanent diaconate in the United States. Formal approval the diaconate vocation ..... ,, Under the direction of theli, o s' Committee on the Permanent " P dioCeSes aconate more than 150 (arch) _le. in tile United States have inW' mented the diaconate, papa l Next week: Council and Statements on Diaconate Deacon Cyril H. Will: Homilies are his biggest challenge Cyril H. Will What is it you would most want people to know about the 3205 Autumnwood Way Evansville, IN 47715 (812) 477-6750 Profession/occupation: Materials coordinator at Cyanede Plastics in Henderson, Ky. Assignment: Deacon at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. Deacon Cyril and Patricia Will have been married for 29 years. They have three children, Matthew, Sheryl and David, and two grandchildren. He was born March 18, 1940, and ordained a deacon February 10, 1990. Describe your ministry as a deacon: RCIA coordinator; weekend homilies; Communion ser- vices each Monday and Friday. Assist the pastor with other liturgy services, as needed. ministry of a permanent deacon? That we have not chosen this ministry. We have been called . . . erllla" by the Bishop and the people of this diocese of make a p,. the nent commitment to the sacrament of service. Througt. Sacrament of Orders, we have accepted that call to be ol  vice to the people of God for the rest of our lives, DON'T MISS THE ST. MATTHEW Describe your most challenging moment as a deacon: Giving my first homily. It is still my most challenging area. I must put a lot of effort into preparing to make sure my message fits the readings. CYRIL H. WILL Describe your most rewarding moment as deacon: I don't believe there are any single moments. I am very pleased in my work place when I see people watching their language when I'm around. It happens almost every day. Most all of them know I'm a deacon. How do you manage job or career and the demands of the ministry? I simply follow the priority given to me during my formation. Family, job, and then ministry. Although it hurts at times because I can only do so much, I've learned to say no. I III IIIII Thinking of SELLING? DIANE EMGE 423-8572 CLEM BEHME 425-8916 SALLY HELFRICH RffTER 424-7586 We would be happy to perform a Market Value Appraisal of your property and explain our marketing plan to you IIALTOU --  464-11P 1 On the parish grounds 421 Mulberry Street, Mt. Vernon, Ind. SUNDAY JULY 25 featuring ROAST BEEF DINNERS with all the trimmings. Served 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. in ai ALSO FEATURING Ice Cream Sandwiches Ice Cold Drinks Novelties Corn on Cob Games Nachos Bingo Crafts Wheels 3rd Annual St. Matthew's 5-k Rut1 Walk & Children's Run, 6 p.ra. 10 BEAUTIFUL QUILTS WILL BE RAFFLED oFF WILL BE GIVEN You're all invited to join in the