Diaconate of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton

Diaconate Office

504 Martyn Road, Whangamata 3620
Ph: 07 865 8550

Deacon Terri Sorenson

Called to be a Deacon?
Visit the official website or contact the Diaconate office for more information.

Official Website
Restoration of Diaconate

In one sense, the deacon had long been absent from the collective consciousness of the Church's ministry; in another, deacons had never actually been absent. Deacons had simply become part of a transitional passage of formation leading to eventual and ultimate ordination as priests. With the Second Vatican Council, deacons again walked from the wings of history onto the stage of permanent ordained ministry in their own right. 

On June 18, 1967, with the promulgation of the document Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem (The Sacred Order of the Diaconate"), Pope Paul VI implemented the decision of the Second Vatican Council to revive the order of deacons as a permanent ministry in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. 

By 1970 there were some one hundred Latin Rite deacons serving around the world and today there are over 30,000 deacons.