St. Stephen, Deacon - Feastday: December 26 - Patron saint of Stonemasons
Stephen's name means "crown," and he was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown. Stephen was a Deacon in the early Christian Church. The apostles had found that they needed helpers to look after the care of the widows and the poor. So they ordained seven Deacons, and Stephen is the most famous of these.
As the first Deacon to commit his life to the service of the Gospel of Christ with the willingness to follow Jesus even unto death, he provides the vision of diaconal service to the Deacons of the Diocese of Rochester. (Brief St. Stephen Bio)
ARTICLE II of our Constitution states our MISSION:
We, as members of the diaconal community of the Diocese of Rochester, establish this association to build and nurture community among Deacons, candidates, aspirants, wives, widows and families. Specifically, we join together to promote the spiritual life and to support diaconal ministrial life with special attention to those in formation as they discern their vocation. We do this out of a sense of the unique bond we share, a bond of charity, prayer, obedience to our Bishop, service and witness. As a result of this association, we hope we all will grow as witnesses to Christ, the servant.
Liturgy of the Hours (includes audio as well as text)
2014 Diaconal Service letter (Please return this form by March 14)
2015 Annual Retreat - In 2015 we are expecting that Isaiah Ministries will lead in a retreat of renewal and recommitment to serving the Gospel.
Anticipated future retreats:
September 9, 10, 11 - 2016, Father Emmerich Vogt; September 8, 9, 10 - 2017, Sister Nancy Clare Kehoe
Deacon page on the Diocese of Rochester web site
Deacon page at the St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
Deacon formation information at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
Reminder: If any Deacon is considering a paid ministry position, especially one working for a parish or a diocesan entity, please contact the Director of Deacon Personnel for information about the required Remunerated Ministry Discernment process. This process is intended to assist Deacons in considering all the ramifications of entering into a remunerative position for diaconal ministry. Remunerated Ministry Guidelines
2013 - 54.6% 89 participants $3,580
2012 - 47.8% 78 participants $3,060
2011 - 54.6% 89 participants $3,600
2010 - 57.7% 94 participants $3,720
2009 - 60.1% 98 participants $4,230
|Thank you --- we have received $420 in donations in 2013 -- above and beyond the dues requested|
As the dues request letter everyone received states: The eleven year total (difference between income and expenses) was $2,495.53. So the eleven year SSDCA financial history is essentially breakeven (Average $228/year surplus). The $2,475 donations received during those years make the difference - kept SSDCA in the black. Dues alone does not cover SSDCA expenses.
22.0% of the deacons have never supported SSDCA by paying dues, while...
23.8% of the deacons have supported SSDCA by faithfully paying their dues every year.
Do you know?
That SSDCA has over 200 members!
To foster everyone "knowing" each other SSDCA sponsors and encourages participation in four (4) community wide events each year:
April-May - The annual Deacon Convocation with our Bishop
May-June - The Ordination Breakfast - meeting our newest Deacon Class
August - SSDCA Annual Community Picnic
September - SSDCA sponsored Annual Deacon Retreat
There are other community wide events (Chrism Mass, Ministerium Day, Ordinations, etc.) available.