The Sacrament of Holy Orders is a celebration of a person’s call from God to serve the Christian community through the priesthood. There are three levels to this sacrament: the diaconate, the priesthood, and the episcopate.

The primary role of the Priest is the pastoral care of the sacramental life of the Christian community.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us by the Lord.” (Romans 12:6)

The Permanent Diaconate

The Permanent Diaconate is a voluntary ordained ministry, normally exercised in a part-time capacity. Deacons are engaged in a three-fold ministry of Word, Altar & Charity. The diocese of Dublin has (11) eleven permanent deacons and (11) eleven candidates in formation.

The formation programme includes a preliminary year, (3) three further years before ordination and (2) two years after ordination.

Application are invited from men of faith between the ages of (35) thirty five and (60) sixty who already have a given service in their parish or local community.

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