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Saintly Deacons (Illuminationbooks) [Paperback]

By Owen F. Cummings (Author)
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In the years since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) reestablished deacons as a permanent order of the clergy, the diaconate has evolved into one of the most visible and fastest growing areas of ordained ministry within the Church. However, to many who grew up thinking of deacons as merely on a transitional step up the ecclesiastical ladder, the sudden proliferation of permanent members of this order has been both surprising, and mystifying-and edifying. In SAINTLY DEACONS, Owen Cummings explores the remarkable history and evolution of the diaconate through the lives of eight notable deacons over the two millennia of Christian history. It traces the tradition from its origins with New Testament "deacons," Stephen and Philip, to patristic deacons, Lawrence and Ephrem, through the medieval deacons, Alcuin of York and Francis of Assisi, and ends with the Reformation Era deacons, Reginald Pole and Nicholas Ferrar. Cummings shows that, throughout their long history, deacons have not been defined by a narrow job description, but rather have offered themselves to serve the local church as best they can, in accordance with their God-given gifts, the request of their bishops, and the tasks that need to be done. And he demonstrates the particular value and relevance of this versatile role in today's church. SAINTLY DEACONS takes a historical perspective and demonstrates the remarkable breadth of diaconal service through the ages. By including the Anglican deacon, Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding, Cummings has given this book an ecumenical relevance. Written in a focused and reader-friendly style, his book will appeal to all Catholics, and will be of particular interest to members of the diaconate, participants in permanent deacon programs, and parishioners who want to understand more about the background of the deacons within their own parish.

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In the years since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) reestablished deacons as a permanent order of the clergy, the diaconate has evolved into one of the most visible and fastest growing areas of ordained ministry within the Church. However, to many who grew up thinking of deacons as merely on a transitional step up the ecclesiastical ladder, the sudden proliferation of permanent members of this order has been both surprising, and mystifying--"and edifying. In Saintly Deacons, Owen Cummings explores the remarkable history and evolution of the diaconate through the lives of six notable deacons over the two millennia of Christian history. It traces the tradition from its origians with New Testament "Apostolic" "deacons," Stephen and Philip, to patristic deacons, Lawrence and Ephrem, through the medieval deacons, Alcuin of York and Francis of Assisi, and ends with the Reformation Era deacons, Reginald Pole and Nicholas Ferrar. Cummings shows that, throughout their long history, deacons have not been defined by a narrow job description, but rather have offered themselves to serve the local church as best they can, in accordance with their Godgiven gifts, the request of their bishops, and the tasker that need to be done. And he demonstrates the particular value and relevance of this versatile role in today's church. Saintly Deacons takes a historical perspective and demonstrates the remarkable breadth of diaconal service through the ages. By including the Anglican deacon, Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding, Cummings has given this book an ecumenical relevance. Written in a focused and reader-freindly style, his book wil appeal to all Catholics, and will be of particular interest to membersof the diaconate, participants in permanent deacon programs, and parishioners who want to understand more about the background of the deacons within their own parish.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   69
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.16" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 9, 2005
Publisher   Paulist Press
Edition  New  
Series  Illumination Books  
ISBN  0809143224  
ISBN13  9780809143221  


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More About Owen F. Cummings


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Owen F. Cummings is Regents' Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church. He was educated at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow. The author of fifteen books and many articles in professional and popular journals, he has a special interest in contemporary systematic/liturgical theology.

Owen F. Cummings currently resides in St Benedict, in the state of Oregon.

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Excellant  Jul 14, 2006
Great way to learn about the Diaconate and its growing place in the world of ministry.
 

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