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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 Rochester Diocese. (Brief St. Stephen Bio)

As ARTICLE II of our Constitution states, our MISSION is:

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.

Biblical Beginnings and Theology of the Diaconate

Liturgy of the Hours (includes audio as well as text)

Safe and Sacred - Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth 

2014 Diaconal Service letter (Please return this form by March 14)

2014 Annual Retreat - In 2014 our retreat director is expected to be Deacon Matt Dulka with the Maryknolls

    *** PLEASE NOTE: In 2014 the annual retreat will be at Notre Dame NOT Stella Maris and it will be first weekend after Labor Day (9/5, 6, 7) NOT the last weekend of October as in the past.

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  

 

 
 

2014 Dues are due -- annual request letter here

 

  • 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 "Day with the Bishop" the Deacon Annual Convocation

  • 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, Ordination, etc.) available.