Welcome to the website of The Sacred Order of Permanent Deacon, Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

Mission, Vision and Faculties

AOJLogoThe Diaconate was re-established by the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI in 1967.  Its mission is to assist priests and bishops to carry out their duties in continuing the work entrusted by Christ to the Apostles to “preach to all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The Deaconate is an ordained, clerical state, within the Catholic Church, without the faculties of Consecration at Mass and providing absolution at Confession.  Deacons assist at Mass and conduct Communion Services in the absence of a priest.  In addition, they have the faculties of baptising, marrying couples and conducting funeral services. Deacons are preachers and teachers.  Once ordained, they are enabled to preach homilies at the request of the parish priest, and are expected to be actively involved in teaching the faith through RCIA, Catechism and related programs aimed at spreading or enhancing the faith.

Faculties in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg are granted by the Archbishop on an individual basis. Each deacon will receive a “Clergy Faculties” letter from the Bishop defining those faculties granted to him for ministry within the diocese.

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