The Deacon’s service of charity permeates every other ministry he performs as well as his secular work life, marriage and family life, but is often extended in specific ways to the community. This may happen in the form of:
- ministering to prisoners,
- consoling the grieving,
- assisting with annulments,
- visiting the sick and dying,
- carrying Viaticum to the dying, and
- taking the Eucharist to the homebound
- providing pastoral counseling
- providing spiritual direction
- serving the poor and homeless
As a minister of Charity, the Deacon functions as Christ the servant and is the Church’s expression of our Lord’s outreach to the poor, the sick, the hungry, those in prison, the afflicted and the marginalized. He may also be the Church’s visible promoter of peace and justice, confronting human injustice and protecting the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death.
The Ministry of Charity takes the Deacon into homes, hospitals, prisons, shelters and any place the poor and marginalized are likely to be found.