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The ministry of the Permanent Diaconate is new, yet in another sense, ancient; it traces its roots to the time of the Apostles.
The Diaconate flourished as an official ministry in the Early Church but, in time it became a step toward priesthood and, thus, became a transitional office. The Second Vatican Council restored the Permanent Diaconate as a unique way to serve the people of God in a threefold ministry of word, sacrament and charity.
The introduction of the Ministry of the Permanent Diaconate to the diocese of Honolulu in 1978 was a bold and forward thinking event that demonstrated a true commitment to providing this service in a unique and powerful way.
The Deacon is empowered by his bishop to administer Infant Baptism, witness marriage, officiate at wakes, funerals and burial services, administer sacramentals, preside at prayer services, distribute Holy Communion, Proclaim the gospel and deliver the homily.
The Deacon's ministry of charity calls him to areas of need in which he demonstrates particular expertise or talent. These areas may include hospital/hospice chaplaincy, prison ministry or other works designed to assist the poor and marginalized members of society.
"The deacon is the Sacrament of Service" ~ Bishop Larry Silva