The diocese will help with the financial costs of preparing a Permanent Deacon. In general, the ministry of Permanent Deacons is non-stipendiary.
Deacons are called to serve
The title “deacon” comes from the Greek word diakonos, which means servant.” Though all Christians by baptism are called to diakonia, or service, deacons serve as a public sacramental sign of Christ in and at the service of the world. Like a priest, a deacon is a member of the clergy who shares in the ministry of the Bishop. Unlike a priest, he may have a wife, a family, and a secular job. The diaconate is a distinct vocation, or calling, to imitate Christ in His service to all humanity, to bring the world to Christ and Christ to the world.