While much has been made about the shortage of priests in the last decade, the number of men committing themselves to the permanent diaconate seems to be doing well.
Many dioceses are ordaining permanent deacons in excess of 20 a year. Here’s a look at some of the permanent diaconate classes making the news:
— Over the weekend the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ordained its first class of permanent deacons. There were 25 men in the inaugural class. The Criterion archdiocesan paper quickly posted a photo gallery from the ordination and has had ample coverage leading up to the ordination. Included are profiles of the newly ordained and an overview of their ministry and role in the church. Those articles and many more can be found on this page.
— The Arkansas Catholic reports that the Diocese of Little Rock has accepted 50 men into a new formation class for permanent deacons, with ordination anticipated in 2012.
— On the complete opposite side of the country, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ordained 19 men to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Tidings coverage of the ordination can be seen here.