A Review of Some Theologies Diaconal Ministry

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Published on September 9, 2008

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A Review of Some Theologies of Diaconal Ministry : A Review of Some Theologies of Diaconal Ministry Being Deacon… Theology of Diaconate? : Theology of Diaconate? No systematic theology of diaconate Ad hoc bits and pieces Theology of diaconate needed Clarify role of deacon in Church Relationship to other ministry Self-identity of deacons Slide 3: All Christians called to fullness of Christian life and perfect love Ministers of Church required to be disciples Church is for others…a serving Church Bishop gifted with fullness of pastoral ministry…shares this gift & responsibility Presbyters Deacons Munera… : Munera… Church speaks of Bishop in terms of three munera (functions, responsibilities). Priest …sanctification Prophet …teaching and proclaiming King …servant-leadership, ministry through service The presbyter and deacon assist bishop in exercise of these munera. Priesthood : Priesthood Offering of sacrifice is priestly role Internal dimension External dimension Sacrifice...interior will of total dependence on God, ritualized in external action and attuned to that will. Presbyter’s “priestly sacrifice” is presiding at cultic meal. Deacon’s “priestly sacrifice” is enabling the self-giving actions of baptized allowing all to be more Christ-like. True ministry : True ministry Service of deacon is true ministry… Action done in public On behalf of Church Result of charism of service Proclaimed, made explicit and celebrated as sacrament Incarnate in symbol the presence of Christ and God whose kingdom he reveals. Deacon is a sacramental sign. Meaning of diakonia… : Meaning of diakonia… Herman Beyer… service of love personally rendered to another, by everyone within the Church for the building up of the Church. Diaconate is sacramental sign of this service John Collins… deacon is agent of bishop to accomplish tasks that require immediate attention, mobility and speed. Deacon renders service on behalf of bishop and Church Slide 8: Shawn McKnight… nature of diaconate is that of a bridge. The deacon is a social intermediary. Deacon as expression of normative communitas. A guide through the liminal Embodiment of communitas values: Intimacy Equality cooperation Slide 9: In their ritual functions deacons unite the service of the table of the Word to the table of the Eucharist and charity. Model of compassion and service of Christ Voice the needs of the community to the assembly & to call the assembly to full participation in the mission of the Church Living icon of Christ the Servant Contemporary theological images : Contemporary theological images Deacon as bishop’s assistant and collaborator Deacon as icon of Christ the Servant. Deacon as social intermediary Questions for reflection… : Questions for reflection… What are the implications of these theological images for my ministry as a deacon? What are the implication of these images for my family? Do any of these images particularly resonate with me? Slide 12: Describe any other images you can think of that might help to explain the nature of the diaconate. Theological images/metaphors reflect the cultural context in which they arise. The dominant context for deacons today is the United States. As the diaconate grows in other parts of the world and the US demographics shift to a greater Hispanic representation among US Catholics, can you anticipate any other images that may emerge?

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