From Deacon Dick
National Association of Deacon Directors – 2019 Region 1 Annual Assembly
According to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, since 1995 the number of men ordained as permanent deacons in the U.S. has increased from 10,932 to 18,291. In addition in 2018, there were 2,088 permanent deacon candidates journeying toward ordination. In order to promote unity and to foster ongoing formation, diaconal regions have been established in this country. Permanent deacons in the Diocese of Albany are part of Region 1 which includes the (Arch) Dioceses of Boston, Bridgeport, Burlington, Fall River, Hartford, Manchester, Norwich, Portland, Providence, Springfield, and Worcester. (You’re correct; it’s the Dioceses of New England. Apparently this goes back many years.)
Each year permanent deacons and our spouses (who animate our ministries in profound ways) gather for our Regional Assembly. This year (Nov 8 & 9) we will gather in Windsor, CT to focus on the theme of: “Deacons – Pioneers in Bringing About a New Civilization of Love.” Our conference speakers are Deacon Daniel P. Sheridan, Ph.D., and Deacon Dean Lachance, M.P.S.
Ordained to the Diaconate in 2010, Deacon Daniel received his Ph.D. in history of religions and comparative theology from Fordham University in 1976. He currently serves as the Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations for the Diocese of Portland and is Professor Emeritus of Theology at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine.
Deacon Dean is the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Charities Maine. In his role, he oversees 14 of the 25 programs run by Catholic Charities. He also serves as deacon in church communities in Windham and Gorham, Maine. Active on diocesan boards and in civic organizations, Dean has been married to Susan for 32 years and they have 2 grown sons.
So please pray for our permanent deacons and our spouses as we walk along “Pioneers” in service to God’s people.