The Archdiocese of Atlanta is blessed with a wonderful cadre of Deacons who serve this local Church with generosity and zeal. The mission of Christ is foremost in their hearts and they respond to the needs of their sisters and brothers with uncommon dedication. I thank each of them and their families for the services that they render so effectively.
Wilton D. Gregory,
Archbishop of Atlanta
Deacons represent the Catholic Church in its calling as servant in the world. By struggling in Christ’s name with the myriad needs of societies and persons, deacons exemplify the interdependence of worship and service in the Church’s life. The deacon reveals the servant hood of Christ in which the people are to share.
There are two kinds of deacons in the Catholic Church. The transitional deacon, who is preparing for priesthood, and the permanent deacon, a deeply spiritual and prudent man, who after years of study and training, assists the Pastor and serves the Church and its people.
Permanent deacons are representatives of Jesus Christ who minister to God’s church. Strengthened by sacramental grace, they service the people of God, ministry of the liturgy and Gospel and works of charity. He is the guardian of the true treasures of the Church — the Body and the Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the people of his church.