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Address to Deacons of the United States
Pope John Paul II, The Heart of the Diaconate: Servants of the Mysteries of Christ and Servants of Your Brothers and Sisters, Address to Deacons of the United States, Detroit, Mich. (September 19, 1987).
Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Diaconorum Permanentium and
Directorium Pro Ministerio et Vita Diaconorum Permanentium
Congregation for Catholic Education, Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons (Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Diaconorum Permanentium) and Congregation for the Clergy, Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (Directorium Pro Ministerio et Vita Diaconorum Permanentium).
A Family Perspective in Church and Society
Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Family Perspective in Church and Society, Tenth Anniversary Edition.
National Study on the Permanent Diaconate (1996)
Bishops’ Committee on the Permanent Diaconate, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, A National Study on the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church in the United States, 1994-1995.
Orientalium Ecclesiarum
Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches (Orientalium Ecclesiarum).
The Permanent Deacon's Ordination
Pope John Paul II, The Permanent Deacon’s Ordination, Address to the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy (November 30, 1995).
Pastores Dabo Vobis
Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, I Will Give You Shepherds (Pastores Dabo Vobis).
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Hosted on the USCCB Website.
Documents of Vatican II
Hosted on the official Vatican Website.
The Deacon Offers an Ecclesiological View of the Present Day Challenges in the Church and Society
A paper given at IDC Study-Conference, Brixen, Italy, October 1997 by Bishop Dr. Walter Kasper.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
The English translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Third Typical Edition), 2002, including Adaptions for the Dioceses of the United States of America
Excerpts from the GIRM for Instituted Lectors
This document contains every paragraph from the GIRM that references the ministry of Instituted Lector.
Excerpts from the GIRM for Instituted Acolytes
This PDF document contains every paragraph from the GIRM that references the ministry of Instituted Acolyte.
Diaconate Post-Ordination Survey, 2006-2007
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., March 2007 by Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D., and Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D.
A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate
A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2009-2010, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., by Melissa A. Cidade, M.A., and Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D.
Vesting Prayers for the Lector
A suggested "crib sheet" for serving as an Instituted Lector at Mass. Also includes prayers for the Deacon at the Stole and the Dalmatic. The Latin expressions and responses are used by a few of our priests, but not all.
The Code of Canon Law - 1983
1983 Code of Canon Law in PDF format (searchable).
Lunch Ideas
Menus and ideas for ordering lunch.

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