Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Pays Tribute to Deacons

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Pays Tribute to Deacons

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Halifax--Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, recently paid tribute to the ministry of deacons, saying they are "the feet, the hands, the heart, the voice of Jesus."

Addressing the 2014 conference of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada (AADC), held August 14 to 16, Hiltz spoke passionately about what deacons are called to do, including to struggle against poverty and inequality.

"You are that salt that flavours for good. Thank you for all you do," he told about 55 deacons from a dozen dioceses across Canada who gathered to examine what their vocation means and to support each other in their ministry.

In the Anglican Church of Canada, there are about 340 ordained vocational deacons who work in the parish context and do not draw a salary. In the ordination process, the bishop sums up the role and duties of a deacon by saying that they are called to "a special ministry of servanthood."

Formed in 2003, the association has 77 members representing all but two dioceses, Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.

In a workshop given by the Honourable Mayann Francis, former lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, participants discussed the difficulties and joys of living out their diaconal ministries in their non-church lives. This includes the challenge of telling co-workers about their Christian beliefs and calling. For Francis, it all came down to saying, "I could not be a servant without God."

The Rev. Peter Armstrong spoke about team ministry and the challenges that priests may find working with deacons, and vice versa. …

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