The Deacon Experience
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Deacons are ordinary ministers of Baptism, often working to prepare parents and godparents for the sacrament.
Deacons can assist in helping couples with marriage preparation and deacons can officiate at weddings.
Deacons live and work in the secular world as family men, whether married or celibate. Deacons who are married to their family bring an integral connection to the Church.
An important part of a deacon’s spiritual life is a yearly retreat, which starts in formation with a retreat, and annual retreats for candidates and wives throughout formation. A man called to Holy Orders is required to go on retreat for five days prior to ordination, and yearly thereafter, as well as see a spiritual director regularly. As deacons, we come together at least twice a year on retreats open to deacons, wives, and widows, and deacons and wives often also go on silent retreats or pilgrimages as part of their ongoing spiritual journey.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington provides seminars and workshops to Deacons for Spiritual growth and learning.
Deacons with Other Clergy
During Mass a Deacon may assist the bishop and priests. Deacons may proclaim the Gospel, announce the General Intercessions, and distribute Communion, preside at the Liturgy of the Hours, baptize, witness and bless marriages, and preside at funeral liturgies among many other duties.