Discerning the permanent diaconate

Bishop Stika presides at the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders for the next class of deacons By Dan McWilliams Twenty-five men, making up the diocese’s incoming class of permanent deacons, took a major step in their discernment Oct. 20 as they participated in the Rite of Admission …

Diaconate class takes key step on faith journey

23 permanent deacon aspirants take part in Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders Newly admitted deacon candidate David M. Oatney said he and his fellow members of the Diocese of Knoxville’s next diaconate class “are really not at a midpoint” after two and a half years of study …