Deacons Play Evolving Role

Prior to 1960, the diaconate functioned largely as a terminal ministry for women and a long-term holding pattern for racial minorities. After the mid-60s, deacons were reframed as having a role representing Christ in a way that functionary priests do not.

Fund Offers Support Grants For Deacons in Need

The Fund for the Diaconate has launched an emergency assistance grant program to support deacons in financial distress. More than half are over 72, in the most vulnerable age category for impact by COVID-19.