The Ministry of Deacons has its roots in the New Testament. In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter six, we have a record of deacons being appointed and ordained by the apostles to assist them, particularly in a servant capacity.
This practice has continued uninterrupted to the present day. It was encouraged and implemented in our diocese by former Bishops Peter Mason and George Bruce. Our current Bishop Michael Oulton also supports and encourages this servant ministry. He often speaks of the importance of the three-fold order–bishops, priests, and deacons–as being an essential part of ministry and of who we are as Church in the Anglican Community.
Deacons in the Diocese of Ontario minister and advocate on behalf of those who are: sick, lonely, children and families, the elderly and bereaved and people in the workplace. They are also involved with pastoral care, chaplaincies and furthering education with baptismal ministry, high risk adolescents and human trafficking awareness.
Says Bishop Michael Oulton: “Deacons are charged with serving all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely and with interpreting to the church the needs, hopes and concerns of the world.”
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit. "John 15:5."