Welcome to the Deacons in Ministry Page for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A deacon is an ordained minister who takes the spirit and message of Jesus to the marketplace. He has been called to serve and gives generously of his time, energy and talents to others, especially the poor. The deacon’s ministry is varied — he may be reaching out to the sick, those in prison, the homeless. A deacon proclaims the gospel and preaches. He also conducts liturgical services including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach.
—Ordination Rite of the Deacon upon receiving the Book of Gospels
The wife of the deacon, although not ordained, becomes an integral part of the Diaconate Community by participating in the entire formation program and being an active member of the deacon community of the Archdiocese, working with her husband or on her own ministries.
The Diaconate Community is composed of deacons and their wives who gather regularly in deanery and regional meetings in order to support each other in going forth to minister in the marketplace.
Pope John Paul II remarked, in 1987, when addressing Deacons and their families:
“You represent a great and visible sign of the working of the Holy Spirit in the wake of the II Vatican Council…This Council explains that the service of the deacon is the church’s service sacramentalized. Yours is not just one ministry among others, but is truly meant to be, as Paul VI described it, a ‘driving force’ for the whole Church’s service.”
Deacons in Ministry, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Deacon Shane Cuda, Director
3424 Wilshire Blvd. 90010-2241
Telephone: 213 637-7734