Item description for The Deacon Reader by James Keating...
Overview The first-ever systematic academic text for the first years of formation of deacons. This collection of essays on history, pastoral theology, and sociology covers the entire scope of diaconal life.
Publishers Description The essays collected in this book, which is sure to be at the foundation of every deacon's library, aim to give the reader an overview of the theological and pastoral nature of the diaconate and thus to clarify the fundamental identity of the deacon, for those who are discerning such a call as aspirants and those who are already candidates for the office. Editor and contributor James Keating divides the book into three sections: historical foundations, pastoral foundations, and sociological foundations for the diaconate, i.e., the core elements of the diaconal identity. Some of the subjects covered are the history of the diaconate, the morality of the deacon, the deacon and work, and the deacon's wife. The most significant deacon theologians contribute to this text as well as priest experts on the diaconate. It is a complete systematic academic text for the first years of formation of deacons according to the New Roman National Directory (2005). As such, it is indispensable. This is the first text ever that specifies the theological formation of the deacon student over a range of themes and specialties. There is nothing like it in print.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.13" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2006
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809143895 ISBN13 9780809143894
Reviews - What do customers think about The Deacon Reader?
Highly recommended May 31, 2007
I purchased this book from a vendor at a deacon's continuing education conference (sorry this site! Disclosure: I'm not a deacon; I was hired by the conference to provide AV support.)
As I discern if I'm called to the order of deacons, I found this book very insightful and provided great depth without a steep learning curve. Previously, I had read some about the theology of a deacon, but nothing compared to the ease of reading of this material. That being said, the material was "easy" or "light"; it was easy to read while challenging my academic and spiritual senses.
If you're interested in the meaning of "deacon", read this book. Look up the Catholic Press Association book awards, this text just won a few.
Great reading for those interested in the diaconate May 21, 2007
As someone who is seriously considering a calling to the permanent diaconate, I found this book to be outstanding! It is a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the ministry. I was especially impressed by the easy to read style that is appropriate for individuals who may be discerning a calling, but who do not have significant experience reading the usually dense writing styles of theological treatises.
It did a wonderful job of encouraging me to continue discerning my call to ordained ministry, while affirming my existing ministry in the "diaconate of the laity"!