Deacon Scott Dodge, serving the Church in Utah, notes the twelfth anniversary of his diaconal ordination. Deacon Dodge does great work blogging, and that is but part of his ministry.
Because the diaconate, along with episcopate, most likely pre-dates the priesthood, at least as we understand the priesthood today, there has always been a close tie between a bishop and his deacons. Deacons were the bishop's original helpers, or servants, in taking care of the Christian community. This is clearly seen in passage of Acts that is understood as the institution of the diaconate - Acts 6:1-7. As Stephen and Philip show us, from the beginning, deacons have also been evangelizers. One way I think about being a deacon is that I make my bishop present wherever I go.
Read it all here--and pray for Deacon Dodge and all deacons. His post draws attention to the creative tension to which deacons are called and in which they live. Ad multos annos!