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The very deacon-friendly Bishop Shawn McKnight just ordained a new batch of deacons for Jeff City — his first, I believe. The picture is above. The press release:
Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, will ordain 13 men to the order of deacons during a Mass on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 2305 W. Main, Jefferson City.
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The men, all of whom are married, join 70 other permanent deacons in active service in the Diocese. The diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry in the Catholic Church. Bishop McKnight explained in a July 2018 article in the diocesan newspaper that “deacons are messengers. They are go-betweens, they are intermediaries,” who help connect lay involvement with the priestly responsibilities of pastors and bishops. “In essence, the deacon is involved in supporting everyone else in their role in the Church,” he said....
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