“in order to serve”

Transitional Deacon
 
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE​ 
 
“The divinely instituted ecclesiastical ministry is exercised in different degrees by those who even from ancient times have been called bishops, priests, and deacons.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 1554)
 
“At a lower level of the hierarchy are to be found deacons, who receive the imposition of hands ‘not unto the priesthood, but unto the ministry.”‘ At an ordination to the diaconate only the bishop lays hands on the candidate, thus signifying the deacon’s special attachment to the bishop in the tasks of his “diakonia.”” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 1569)
 
“Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 1570)
 
On April 23, 2019, Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo+, OFE celebrated his 33rd anniversary of his diaconate ordination. He  was ordained by Bishop Phillip Francis Straling, DD, Diocese of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, USA.
 
Photo: Saint Deacon Stephen was traditionally venerated as the protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity.