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The deacons’ wives: Heart of the domestic church, backbone of the family

Behind every great man, there is a great woman, or so the saying goes. 

In the Church, this is often felt in the strong, steady and quiet presence of mothers and wives –– such as Our Lady, St. Monica or St. Anne. In the modern Church, nowhere is it felt more than in the daily lives and humble service of the wives of permanent deacons.

Deacons perform weddings, baptisms, house visits, funerals, provide marriage prep and teach RCIA. They go where needed. They assist priests in bearing the often weighty role of ministry to the body of Christ, while also serving their own unique purpose and role in the life of the Church. 

Behind the majority of permanent deacons — by some estimates, as many as 93 percent of today’s active deacons are married — is a strong, quiet woman offering a soft place to land and a voice of reason that goes unseen by a majority of the congregation. 

What the faithful don’t always realize is that by supporting their husbands as wives, confidants and partners in prayer, the deacon’s wife helps support the Church as a whole. 

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