a deacon baptizingDerivation

  • Greek: diakonos, minister


The highest of those in major orders but the lowest in rank of the hierarchical orders instituted by Christ. The Roman Pontifical states his duties thus

  • to minister to the altar
  • to baptize
  • to preach

The diaconate is of divine institution. When in their vestments, deacons wear a stole that wraps across the left shoulder.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “deacon”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 August 2018. Web. 11 April 2021. <>