Deacon

At the successful conclusion of his training, an ordinand is made deacon to serve in a specific parish, usually for a three year appointment.   He cannot, in fact, be made deacon without the promise of a post in a parish, and is said to serve his title there.   After a year of such service, during which he will be undergoing post-ordination training, he will be ordained priest and will continue in the same parish until his period of contract is completed or extended.   In his first year as deacon, the curate is not authorised to preside at a service of Holy Communion (that authority is given when he is ordained priest); nor is a deacon authorised to pronounce the absolution or blessing.   Not all deacons proceed with ordination to the priesthood; some remain permanent deacons.

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