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Are women allowed to become deacons?

Halie asks:

Dear Fr Anthony,

I was wondering, as of now, in the Catholic Church, are women allowed to become deacons and if not, what vocations other than sisterhood are available?


Dear Halie,

Recent theological studies have concluded that women were never ordained ministerial deacons by the Apostles or in the early Church, and so the custom of not calling women to the diaconate is well founded and a reflection of Christ's will for the Church, even though a great number of the early and very active disciples were women.

The vocation to the sisterhood embraces many different ways of serving Christ in others, from the contemplative life to missionary work, to all levels of education, to health care, parish visitation, media work, service to the poor.

A woman can also be a consecrated lay person in a Society or Movement, to dedicate her life fully to living and spreading the charism and apostolate of that particular group. Or she may consecrate herself privately, individually, and put herself at the service of the local Church.

However, all of the above fail to mention the great and most common vocation of both men and women in the Church: the married vocation. Good Christian couples and families are the real, transforming presence of Christ’s message in society, and the reflection of God’s love in our lives.

God bless.

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