Definition of diaconate in English:



  • 1The office of deacon, or a person's tenure of it.

    • ‘He also promoted a widening of women's ministry in his campaign to restore the female diaconate against strong conservative oppression.’
    • ‘Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent.’
    • ‘I have tried to state as fairly and positively as I can the sort of case that could be made in support of the argument regarding candidates for the diaconate with which I began.’
    • ‘Deacons have always reminded the church that although not all Christians are called to the vocation of the ordained diaconate, all Christians are called to he servants in Christ.’
    • ‘Catholic women have echoed their Anglican sisters in striving to gain access to the diaconate.’
    • ‘He identified parish renewal as a priority for the diocese and voiced his support for the introduction of a lay diaconate.’
    • ‘As part of a ‘field study’ requirement for the diaconate in the Diocese of Rochester, I had been touring farmworker encampments with my mentors, Padre Jesus Flores and Sister Lucila Romero.’
    • ‘Among the subjects he considers are the diaconate, the priestly office, the office of the bishop, the place of canon law in the life of the church, and ecumenism.’
    • ‘In this part of the ‘Conclusions’ the participants recognized that women have not been ordained as presbyters or bishops in the past, yet they also did affirm that women had been ordained to the diaconate.’
    • ‘This report provides a thorough review of the development of the diaconate and the ministry of deacons.’
    • ‘In 1987 the Church of England first admitted women to the diaconate, but not to the priesthood until 1994.’
    • ‘The diaconate, on the other hand, seems to be a wholly ecclesial institution, although ironically one point that does concern the state is whether a deacon can function as its officer in witnessing a marriage.’
    • ‘The middle row of the table lines up marriage and diaconate as ‘states’ or conditions that consist in certain relations between the persons who are ‘in’ these states, and other persons.’
    • ‘Vicki Black writes of the hard but grace-filled task of rediscovering and extending her vocation to the diaconate beyond the altar and beyond her work in religious publishing to embrace the care of her small children at home.’
    • ‘On a spring day in 1944, two seminarians chatted about ordination to the diaconate with its commitment to celibacy, scheduled for the following morning in the seminary chapel.’
    • ‘Diocesan bishops can dispense men from the obligations that go with the diaconate and suspend priests from the exercise of their order for a long or short period, but only the bishop of Rome can expel them from the priesthood.’
    • ‘Twentieth-cent. developments included women's ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood, making the Anglican church the first episcopal church to take this step.’
    • ‘Much of the present book is devoted to ministerial orders, with an essay on the diaconate and several extended discussions on the episcopal office and the meaning of apostolic succession.’
    • ‘That is why I am firmly in favour of ordaining all ministers to the diaconate first, before discerning if any of them has a priestly vocation.’
    • ‘Whereas, in recent times, the diaconate was a stepping stone to priesthood, there is a long history of married deacons in the Church.’
    1. 1.1 A body of deacons collectively.
      • ‘In 1979, Broadman Press published my book, The Emerging Role of Deacons, which included material on women in the diaconate.’
      • ‘In September 1980, his strongly worded letter was published in the Savannah Morning News, a letter supported by the church's diaconate.’
      • ‘This includes the diaconate, as well as the priesthood.’
      • ‘Does the historic episcopate include the priesthood and diaconate, which are not mentioned in the Quadrilateral?’
      • ‘The minutes of the diaconate throb with painful materials during these years as the church searched for denominational identity along with so many other moderates.’
      • ‘I assured her that while I am sensitive to the concept of gender-free language, I could not write about women in the diaconate without talking about women.’
      • ‘In June the church adopted the position of ‘open membership’ and in November Mary Louise Claiborne and Rose Usher were elected as the first female members of the diaconate.’


Early 18th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diaconatus, from diaconus (see deacon).