Within reason, when away for an extended period on vacation or any other cause, every deacon should be able to be reached – that is, someone in the parish, institution, or agency where he regularly discharges his duties should know his whereabouts and how he can be expeditiously contacted in cases of special needs and/or emergencies. Normally, special contact should be limited to special/emergency needs of the parish, institution, or agency.
Proper health care indicates an awareness of the essential unity between the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being of a person. Just as the deacon is responsible to pursue programs of spiritual enrichment and continuing education, a deacon should develop and practice good health habits in order that he may minister effectively.
An afflicted person is not always able to diagnose himself and volunteer for treatment.
Should time away from a ministry assignment be needed to facilitate treatment or recovery, appropriate arrangements will be made with the appropriate persons.
Deacons are prohibited from assuming public offices that entail participation in the exercise of civil power or having an active part in political parties and in governing labor unions unless they have obtained the permission of the Archbishop. (canons 285 §3, 287, 288)
The customary form of address for permanent deacons is “Deacon John Doe” or “Mr. John Doe”.
Deacons are bound by the archdiocesan Code of Conduct for Church Personnel. A copy of the code is available at https://www.archbalt.org/child-and-youth-protection/code-of-conductu-forchurch-personnel/.
Deacons are bound by the archdiocesan Statement of Policy for Child and Youth Protection, including mandatory reporting under Maryland laws. A copy of the statement is available at https://www.archbalt.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Final-Statement-of-Policy-043020-DOCS-694860-v5.pdf.
The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’ “ (1 Cor 9:16) – Pope Benedict XVI, May 16, 2010, 44th World Day of Communication Message.
“Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church; today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ.”
– Pope Francis, World Communications Day Message
Social Media and Minors
See Appendix 13 for a funeral arrangements form.
(Committee review 12-11-2020; Board review 05-04-2021; Chancellor review 06-20 2021; Ad experimentum approval 11-19-2021)