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The Ministries of Deacons in the Archdiocese of New York

Identifying the Deacon
The Ministries of the Deacon
The Ministry of Charity (Love and Justice)
The Ministries of Deacons in the Archdiocese of New York

"Strengthened  by sacramental grace, in communion with the Bishop and his group of priests, deacons serve the People of God in the Ministry of Charity (Love and Justice), the Word, and the Liturgy."  The Ordinary of the Archdiocese of New York has authorized deacons:

The Ministry of Charity (Love and Justice) [munus regendi]

to minister to the sick, the elderly, the bereaved, the homebound, AIDS victims, the handicapped, alcoholics and drug addicts and patients in nursing homes;
to carry out, in the name of the hierarchy, the duties of charity, for example, directing a food pantry, or working with the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in distributing clothing etc.;
to promote and sustain the apostolic activities of the laity;
to serve as chaplains and assistant chaplains in prisons and   hospitals in the Archdiocese of New York.

The Ministry of the Word of God [munus docendi]

The Ministry of the Altar [munus sanctificandi]

"The diaconal ministries, although categorized by ministry, are not to be separated; the deacon is ordained for them all, and no one should be ordained who is not prepared to undertake each in some way.  This is not to say that a deacon may not have greater abilities in one ministry, and that, therefore, his ministry may not be marked by one of them more than by the others.  But, there is an intrinsic relationship among the three areas of the deacon's ministry if he is to be a sign of the Servant-Christ who redeemed us as Prophet, Priest, and King."