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Permanent Diaconate: Past, Present and Future

Presentation and Audio File

Continuing Education for Clergy – September 21, 2016

An historical and theological overview of the diaconate as an Order of Ministry within the Church. It explains  the connection between permanent diaconate and transitional diaconate. It examines the uniqueness of diaconate and the potential of the permanent diaconate ministry to enhance and empower lay ministries.

The Rev. Dr. David Bell, PhD presented the historical and theological background of the diaconate as it was, as it is and how it can be.

Panel Discussion of deacons and priests sharing their experiences of successes and challenges for diaconal ministry in the pastoral context.

Panelists are:
-Rev. Emeline Coffin, Deacon
-Rev. William Strong, Anglican pastor and Archdeacon of Trinity Conception Placentia
-Rev. Paul Lundrigan, RC Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Torbay