"At the time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. so the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, 'It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable me, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry fo the word.' " (Acts 6: 1-4)
Catholic tradition holds that these seven men were the first deacons of the Christian community. The Order of Deacons continued to grow and develope in the early Church. Unfortunately, in the Roman Catholic Church, the Diaconate became a transitional office, given to those in the final stage of their formation as priests. It was not until Vatican II, that the Diaconate was re-established as a permanent ordained office in the Church.
Many men have felt the call of the Holy Spirit to this office of service, and I have been one of them. I have completed my first year as a Candidate, and now comes the evaluation process to see if I am to continue on this journey. I ask for your prayers.