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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809142422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809142422
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Cummings' work will be a useful orientation to the diaconate for those involved in the formation of deacons. -- Deacon William T. Ditewig, Ph.D., Executive Director, Secretariat for the Diaconate, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

About the Author

Owen F. Cummings is Regents' Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a permanent deacon of the diocese of Salt Lake City. A Scotsman himself, he grew up in Glasgow. He was educated in theology at Trinity College, University of Dublin and under Dr. Macquarrie at the University of Glasgow. He has written several books and numerous articles on theological and church issues.

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Owen F. Cummings is the author of eighteen published works, including THINKING GOD, THINKING ABOUT PRAYER, CANTERBURY COUSINS, and JOHN MACQUARRIE: A MASTER OF THEOLOGY. A Catholic theologian and deacon, Cummings is Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Mt. Angel Abbey in Mt. Angel, Oregon. He is a contributor to a number of Catholic periodicals and newspapers and frequently serves as a guest speaker and lecturer across the country.

In his free time, Cummings devours mysteries and thrillers. Some of his favorite novelists include Ian Rankin and P.D. James.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on March 27, 2004
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The ministry of the permanent diaconate, at least in the Latin West, has been nearly forgotten for almost a thousand years. It's only during the last couple of generations that the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches have remembered and attempted to revitalize it. The problem is that our millennium-long amnesia has left us with a lot of questions about the nature of diaconal ministry. Just what is a deacon? How does the ministry of a deacon differ from baptismal ministry? What's the role of the deacon in today's church? What's the proper relation between deacons and other ordained clergy?
These and many other questions beg to be examined in a systematic and reflective manner, and a necessary condition for doing so is to begin to look at the theology and spirituality of deaconal service. Alas, this hasn't been done too often up to now. Analyses of the diaconate have tended to focus (to use Cummings' distinction) on either the "power" of the diaconate (its function) or the "history" of the diaconate. As a consequence, the Holy Order of deacons still leaves many people in the church confused: many bishops don't know what to do with deacons, priests sometimes see them as nuisances, and parishoners tend to think of them as assistant priests.
Owen Cummings' book is the first to begin to think about the permanent diaconate from a theological perspective. Although written from the vantage point of the Roman Catholic tradition, it is invaluable for other Christian traditions (such as my own, Anglicanism) that ordains deacons. Cummings examines the history of the diaconate and its renewal in the twentieth century. This is pretty standard stuff.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jan on September 28, 2012
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I purchased the book for a class my husband and I were taking and needed it quickly. I got it very soon after purchasing and the condition was even better than I'd hoped for. This book is very easy to follow and quite interesting.
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