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6 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 6, 1987 Ill Diaconate Ordination as a deacon means a calling to serve on permanent basis By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor "This is at the very heart of the diaconate to which you have been called: to be a servant of the mysteries of Christ and, at one and the same time, to be a servant of your brothers and sisters," said Pope John Paul II. He was speaking to the deacons who had gathered in Detroit to meet with the Pope during his 1987 visit to the United States. The pope termed the two forms of service "inseparably joined together in one reality," show- ing "the important nature of the ministry which is yours by ordination." In the Diocese of Evansville there are 22 permanent deacons who live their lives in secular realities "normally not ap- propriate for other members of the clergy," in the words of the pope. In a secular occupation, the fact that a deacon is an or- dained minister of the Church "brings a special dimension to his efforts in the eyes of those with whom he lives and works. ' ' Francis Hillenbrand was one of the first men ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Evansville. "I was on the com- mittee to start the permanent diaconate. They kind of assum- ed we would be candidates," says Hillenbrand. "Of course I was leaning that way, anyway." Hillenbrand is becoming more and more active as a i ii VINCENNES Ameran National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Ddve,.tn Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank i NEIDIG deacon, in the year since he retired from a full time position at'Catholic Charities in Evansville. "The thing that at- tracted me was the permanent commitment," he says. "This is not something you can turn off and turn on. It's not something you can take or leave. It's a structure that keeps me going." Keep going is what he does, with ministry at a hospice, a volunteer position in a home- building organization known as Habitat, activity in peace and justice issues, and taking his turn preaching at the Sunday liturgies at St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County. Hillenbrand is also interested in working with new can- didates for the diaconate. There are nine men in the current pro- gram, under the direction of Father David Fleck. Candidates customarily spend a year in discernment -- in spiritual growth -- then three years in classroom preparation. The new candidates are nearing completion of their first full year of preparation, following a year of spiritual formation. He encourages other men to consider answering the call to the permanent diaconate. "It's something you don't know, really. You feel inclined to that sort of thing," he says, t,ing to describe the call of a vocation. There is time, during the year of discernment and the years of preparation, to determine if you have a vocation, he says. With no hesitation, he describes his minstry as "very satisfying work for me." He ad- mits that what he does as a deacon is not very different from what he would like to be doing if he were not a deacon. Ordination is the major dif- ference, he maintains. "Ordina- tion means a calling to service on a permanent basis." He reflects carefully on the joys of the diaconate. One of the joys is the "approach to God" made possible through the habit of prayer, begun with a deacon's obligation to pray the office. Another joy is the "tremendous sense of com- munity" among the deacons. 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