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Permanent Diaconate

Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Moreover, they should be tested first; then, if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons…Deacons may be married only once and must manage their children and their households well. Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

(1Tm 3:8-13)


Recently the Catholic Church restored the order of permanent diaconate. A deacon is a man 35 years of age or older, married or single who serves the people of God in the ordained diaconal ministry.

Contact: Deacon Leon Kortenkamp (415) 614-5531

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