You are invited to participate in the Diocese of Norwich Deacons and Wives Retreat in June 2017.
The Spirituality of the Deacon, seen through the eyes of St. Pope St. John XXIII
A Retreat for Deacons and their wives
Presented by Deacon Bill Ditewig, PhD
June 30 – July 2, 2017
Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, CT
Pope St. John XXIII will serve as our Retreat Director this year, assisted by Deacon Bill Ditewig. Pope John will share some aspects of his own spiritual life with us, and each session will focus on a particular aspect of St. John's life, ministry, and spirituality, especially as they can apply to our own spirituality as deacons and their spouses. Come learn more about one our most beloved saints while prayerfully reflecting on our diaconal ministry.
Deacon Ditewig holds a Doctorate in Theology from Catholic University of America. He is a noted author, columnist, educator and retreat leader. He has presented and led retreats throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to numerous articles and essays, Bill is the author of some ten books, including: 101 Questions and answers on Deacons; The Emerging Diaconate: Servant Leaders for a Servant Church; To Be and to Serve: The Ministerial Identify of the Deacon. He currently working on his latest book entitled, The Future of the Diaconate: The Next Fifty Years. Bill was ordained Deacon in 1990 by Cardinal James Hickey for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC; from 2002-2007 he served as Executive Director for the USCCB’s Secretariat for the Diaconate. He has been married to his lovely wife, Diann, for forty-six years. They have four children and, at last count, fourteen grandchildren.
Location: Immaculata Retreat House,
Check-in: Friday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 PM, departure: Sunday, July 2, after Lunch
Cost: $280 (single); $460 (couple), includes retreat, lodging and all meals.
At last weekend's Convocation many participants once again enthusiastically endorsed collecting donations from the Norwich Deacon community to build another Haitian Happy House. We collected $1,000 in donations from the participants at that time. Our goal is $1,250, the amount it takes to fund a 'Happy House'.
We were also made aware that there is also a 'Happier House' program which adds several amenities to a 'Happy House' including a 'composting toilet' and costs $1,900. There are also many needs that have resulted from the devastation that hurricane Mathew inflicted on the Haitian people. If we collect more than $1,250, we will donate the extra to the Haitian Health Foundation to apply where they feel it will do the most good.
We are extending an invitation to all Norwich Deacons to contribute to this worthy cause. Last year we donated $1,550 with the help of the donations mailed after the convocation. We are hoping for the same enthusiastic response this year. If you would like to contribute, please mail your donation to:
215 Oakwood Drive
Windham, CT 06280
Please make any checks payable to 'Haitian Health Foundation'. I will be sending out updates as additional donations come in.
Hello Deacons, Wives and Candidates,
Well, let’s start out with what is most important… Congratulations to Deacon Ben LoCasto and Deacon Octavio Flores who were ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, 7/16/16 at 10:30 AM. Both of them celebrated their first Masses on Sunday, 7/17/16 and delivered their first formal homily. Congratulations again to both of you and your wives Rachel Locasto and Laura Flores for completing a most important journey. Your lives will never be the same. I am pleased and proud to call you brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thanks to all the Deacons and wives who attended the Ordination. It was a great celebration and a reminder of the gift of the Diaconate. It was a humbling experience. Thanks also to Kathy Hoffman for taking pictures during the celebration. We’ll circulate pictures as they become available.
Now for the next big celebration. This coming Sunday, 7/24/16, Deacons and their wives are assembling at the 10:30 AM Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Diaconate Jubilee Year of Mercy. Please wear your alb and green stole as it’s the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time. We’ll sit in a reserved area for Deacons and their wives at the regular Sunday Mass. This Mass will be followed by lunch at Noon at the Bella Fiori restaurant in Norwich. At the lunch we’ll hear from some Deacons who attended the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration in Rome with Pope Francis.
Announcement: Restoration of Permanent Diaconate Formation Program
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, has issued a pastoral statement, Diakonia: Instrument of God’s Own Charity, which restores the deacon formation program in the Diocese of Norwich. Although the diocesan formation program was suspended in 2007, now, after significant study and consultation concerning the role of the permanent deacon in the Church, and in the Diocese of Norwich specifically, Bishop Cote has reinstated the formation program for permanent deacons.