Kresta in the Afternoon – February 27, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Holy Orders and Ministry (2 segments)

  • Description: What is the relationship between priests and deacons? The restoration of the Permanent Diaconate just over 50 years ago ushered in a new way for priests and deacons to have a cooperative, creative and prayer-filled communion to serve the laity. We talk with Deacon James Keating.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Deacon James Keating
      Deacon James Keating is the author of several books, most recently Remain in Me: Holy Orders, Prayer and Ministry. He's the Director of Theological Formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation, where he also leads retreats for Seminary Faculty. He's also the director of IPF Publications. Visit
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    • The Heart of the Diaconate

      Through the three areas of Calling, Formation and Ordination, and Ministry, The Heart of the Diaconate explores the creative tension of the diaconate vocation and what the diaconate for the future will look like. The book outlines what those who are considering the diaconate must possess if it is truly going to be an effective and vibrant ministry within the church. With a focus on availability to both prayer and ministry, the future of the diaconate must be both mystical and youthful and address one important question: Where has the gospel yet to reach in my diocese? (learn more)

    • Remain in Me: Holy Orders, Prayer, and Ministry

      The collaboration of priests and deacons in the ministry of the gospel has not always been without some tension. The fiftieth anniversary of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the Catholic Church welcomes a cooperative, creative, and prayer-imbued communion between priests and deacons who labor as one to serve the spiritual needs of parishioners.

      Remain in Me promotes such a communion, addressing the interior lives of priests and deacons simultaneously. The sacrament of Holy Orders is itself the very gift that binds priests and deacons together as “natural” allies in the work of the gospel. The book serves as a springboard for mutual spiritual conversation and pastoral planning. In such conversations, the “natural” union between priests and deacons becomes clearer and carries the potential to ignite a brotherhood of creative pastoral thinking, better serving the mission of the parish.

      The book addresses their mutual dedication to remain with Christ in prayer even in the service of parishioners. Once prayer finds a place in the heart, compassion grows for those who look for God “like sheep without a shepherd.” Through interior prayerfulness clerical unity in ministry can be better ensured.

      (learn more)

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