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Frank Tremblay

Joined: 25 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:46 am    Post subject: Meetings with Archbishop Reply with quote

I would appreciate any commentary on clergy meetings with the Archbishop, to which Deacons are invited, yet scheduled for mid-day during the work week.

The upcoming meeting for the Southern Region at St. Patrick's in Natick is a prime example. Another might be the Chrism Mass, if this was at 7PM instead of 11AM I am sure more Deacons would participate. As Sean's invitation says, "This is an expression of the unity and collaboration which all ordained ministers - bishops, priests, and deacons, have with the Archbishop". Deacons would welcome the opportunity to express that unity but they are denied that opportunity because of when it is scheduled.

Is this an issue the Deacon Council would bring to the appropriate people who plan the Archbishop's schedule so that more Deacons could participate in these types of events?
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Joe Whipple

Joined: 21 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:35 pm    Post subject: Tangent raised at latest Council meeting Reply with quote

At the Deacons' Council meeting on December 6, with Archbishop Seán present, a similar concern was raised with respect to vicariate meetings. The meetings of vicariate clergy are supposed to include deacons. The archbishop has been very clear about that at both council meetings he has attended. Last March, we pointed out that not all vicars seem to realize that. At the meeting this month, at least one deacon made the point very strongly that daytime meetings exclude most deacons and suggested that the meetings be held in the evening.

Perhaps we need to suggest it to the vicars. (In my vicariate, the vicar schedules the meetings on different days, so as to avoid having it always fall on the same priests' days off. Maybe he'd be open to the occasional evening meeting to allow more deacons to be present.) Of course, evening vicariate meetings would conflict with a lot of events in parishes.
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