The Deacon is an ordained minister of the Church with specific functions and duties. His ordination is the sign of his commitment to Christ and to the Church community. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Deacon receives the sacramental grace to fulfil his servant role. Although his strength comes from the altar, he is sent as a servant to a world in need. Bringing Jesus to the world, he enriches it by his presence and his charisms. One with Christ, he shares this relationship with family, co-workers, and the community. In his ministry of liturgy, word, and service, the Deacon presents to the world a new challenge and a new hope
The term "Deacon" means "servant". This service takes the form of assisting the Bishop and the Priest, but is also directed to the deacon's own brothers and sisters and the whole Church. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion, preach the homily (which is the sermon given after the Gospel at Mass), and are obligated to pray the Divine Office (Breviary) each day.
There is an active Permanent Diaconate program within the Archdiocese of Brisbane. To inquire about the discernment process please contact the Vocation Brisbane office to schedule in a meeting to the Permanent Diaconate program.