Title: DEACONS AND THE CHURCH
This book by Owen F. Cummings offers a popular narrative history of the order of the Diaconate in the Catholic Church from its dawn on the biblical scene in the Acts of the Apostles, through the "golden age" of deacons in the fifth century. With the emergence of the "cultic priesthood", the diasconate as a unique and discrete member of the clergy delcined into a transitional role - but never disappeared. Dr. Cummings points out that the most popular saint (after Mary), Francis of Assisi, was a deacon - as were Saints Lawrence and Ephrem, all of whom are offered here as models of "Deacons for Deacons."
Media ID: 31612
Publisher: Paulist Press
Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult