More than 1,300 priests, archdiocesan and religious, serve the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago every day. These dedicated men are many things to many people. They are spiritual fathers and spiritual directors, business managers and construction coordinators, fundraisers and teachers. Each one has pledged his life to the Lord at ordination and pledged to love and minister to the people of God. In this Year for Priests, declared by Pope Benedict XVI, we honor and salute these faithful men. Thank you for all that you do for us.
The deacon is a man who is called to a ministry of service, a servant leader who animates others to live out a life of service. With priests and bishops, he receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders. He is an ordained clergyman living in the life style of the laity. Pope John Paul II said that, "the deacon is the Church's service sacramentalized. He is the visible sign of service to which all the baptized are called.