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DeCember 3, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana w, .S. bishops' message on permanent diaconate WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops took a prelimi- 70 Nov. 15 ata document thanking the more than .o, permanent deacons for their service to the Church during the past 25 years. The gratitude was contained in a brief statement marking the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent dia- COnate in the United States. Introduced Nov. 15, it was to be v0d 0n.by the bishops Nov. 17. opt Paul VI restored the er United ,- - p manent diaconate in the bishopsAt.es on Aug. 30, 1968, at the request of the U.S. and near' the beginning of 1993, there were 10,324 deacons . JY 2,000 candidates There ar n " d 8,000 enaanen, J e _ estimate 1 . ueacons worldwide. In early 1994, the bis ' !acoaate plans to ,_..:.hops Comm,ttee.on the Permanent verraane, j. -g=n a two-year national stuay el the " maconate. "'For the first time, there will be h n Vision of who the deacon is in the life of the churc , Taub, a permanent deacon and executive direc- tt for the Permanent Diaconate. ,t Speaker of Catholic Charities speaks about self-esteem to at Holy Family School, Jasper. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 Metal Inc. ;beet Cooling Commercial Heating & Sales & Service 9242 ] Koch 15 S, Third Avenue, Evansville Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel , . Supports the ,mghts of Columbus MEMBERS Bernie .Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz Catholic schools by g me Tradition Card. WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Here is the text of the U.S. bish- ops' message for the 25th an- niversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the United States. It was approved by the bishops Nov. 17 in Washington. Twenty-five years ago, on Aug. 30, 1968, Pope Paul VI re- sponded favorably to the re- quest of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops to restore the permanent dia- conate in the United States. In our May 2nd letter to the Holy Father that year, we gave the following reasons as the basis for our request: 1. The many and varied dia- conal ministries already pre- sent in our country would be enriched and strengthened by the sacramental grace of holy orders. 2. A new group of devout and competent men would be en- listed in the active ministry of the church. 3. Charitable and liturgical services would be extended in both rural and urban commu- nities. 4. The official and sacramen- tal presence of the church would be provided in communi- ties where priests were not readily available. 5. The permanent diaconate would provide an impetus for conal ministries in our rapidly changing society. As we look back on these past 25 years we see that our hopes and dreams for the per- manent diaconate are being happily and providentially ful- filled. The establishment of the permanent diaconate has pro- gressed rapidly. At the begin- ning of 1993 there were 10,324 deacons and nearly 2,000 men in formation in the United States. Of the 185 Latin-rite dioceses of our country, 145 have formation programs for permanent deacons. During his 1987 pastoral visit to the church in our coun- try, Pope John Paul II spoke enthusiastically about our dea- cons, declaring that they "'rep- resent a great and visible sign of the working of the Holy Spirit in the wake of the Sec- ond Vatican Council." He went on to say: "'With the whole church, I give thanks to God for the call you have received and for your gracious response. For the majority of you who are married this response has been made possible by the love and support and collaboration of your wives .... It is above all the call to service that I wish to celebrate with you." We echo the sentiments ex- pressed by the Holy Father seven years ago by thanking erously responded to God's call to serve the church. We also express our gratitude to the wives and family members of our permanent deacons who have supported them in their ministry through their love and with many personal sacri- fices. On this 25th anniversary of the restoration of the ancient yet new permanent diaconate, we call on the members of our church to celebrate the gift of the diaconate. We pledge our- selves to work with our dea- cons to foster an even greater understanding and apprecia- tion of their vocation and min- istry within the church. We en- courage those dioceses in the United States which have not as yet established the perma- nent diaconate to consider the opportunities this ministry may provide for furthering the mission of the church. Echoing the prayer of conse- cration from the Rite of Ordi- nation of Deacons, we pray that the Lord will continue to look with favor on those who have been called to the office of deacon that they nmy carry out faithfully their ministry of the word, of the altar and of char- ity in obedience and fidelity so that God, who has begun this good work in them, will bring creative adaptations of dia- our deacons who have so gen- it to fulfillment. 'A family name you can trust" 424"9274,,,, li, AB Names, addresses, phone num- bers, places, dates, offices, direc- tors, parishes, schools, institutions, vital statistics, financial statistics, priests' assignments  they are all in the 1994 Yearbook of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. You may purchase your copy at the Catholic Center for $7.50. For mail orders, include $1.50 for postage and handling. !/lllr i ' V#,4 PUrchase , you make using the Tradition Card - education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 for details. 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