Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks during his homily at the closing Mass of the 2018 National Diaconate Congress on July 26 in New Orleans. More than 2,700 people attended the conference, which was held July 22-26.

Big Turnout in the Big Easy

Thousands gather in New Orleans for the 2018 National Diaconate Congress

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As the Church in the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate, 1,300 deacons and their families — more than 2,700 people in all — flocked to New Orleans for the 2018 National Diaconate Congress, held July 22-26.

In his remarks at the opening Mass of the congress, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, reminded the deacons that their main job in serving the Church is partaking in the work of evengelization. “Don’t forget, the job is Jesus’. Otherwise, it is your job, your work, right? No. The work is Christ’s. It is one thing to serve at the altar. It is another to be an evangelizing force in the world.”

Keynote speakers during the week included Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey; Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Missouri; Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas; Deacon Greg Kandra; and Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore.

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