Although [Buelt’s] primary audience is deacons and deacon candidates, his insights have value for all ministers and for anyone seeking to better understand diaconia,’ the ministry of service. I would recommend this book as part of any diaconal formation or continuing education process. It especially lends itself to a retreat setting or for meditative reflection.
Many will find in Buelt’s reflections a type of retreat’ that will reward and enrich diaconal ministry.
Monsignor Buelt draws upon his impressive learning and extensive pastoral and personal experience to guide us in a deep reflection what it means to answer the call to diaconal ministry. His book makes a valuable contribution to the proper understanding of the person and role of the deacon and the unique place this newly revitalized ministry has in the mission of the Church in our time.
The Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California
Let us be honest. In many parishes the deaconate has become somewhat tired.’ Some deacons feel taken for granted, others lack direction and drift, and zeal for ministry fades. Deacons today need a deeper spirituality, their own spirituality. This can be found in the treasury of the church. Drawing on the classical sources, Msgr. Edward Buelt provides a fresh vision of the deacon’s ministry in the word, at the altar, and through charity. His book is invaluable for deacons and all who work with them.
Bishop Peter J. Elliott
Author of Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite
Monsignor Buelt’s reflections help not only deacons, but the whole gathered assembly to more deeply appreciate this ministry of service. At once pastorally practical and spiritually nourishing, this book will help to highlight how the deacon at the liturgy and in parish life can lead us more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s love for us.
Monsignor James P. Moroney
Saint John’s Seminary