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Annual Deacon Convocation Held in Diocese

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The annual Diocesan Deacon Convocation was held Saturday, February 25, 2012, with approximately 100 Deacons and wives attending. The gathering, which was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, began with prayer. Fr. James F. Garneau, V.F., Director of the Diocesan Diaconate Program, then introduced the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, who spoke to the gathering about the important issues currently facing the Diocese. These issues include the North Carolina Marriage Amendment, the federal government’s stance on religious liberty and conscience rights in the wake of the Obama Administration’s recent ruling regarding health care coverage, contraception and abortifacients, and the Our Cathedral, One Faith, One People campaign.

Bishop Burbidge also thanked the deacons for the great reverence they witness on the altar and the service they give the community. The Bishop’s remarks were followed by an informal question and answer session. The Convocation ended with the celebration of Mass by Bishop Burbidge.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge urged the deacons to imitate Jesus, who “reached out to others that society judged unworthy of recognition, dignity and love. So must we. That includes those who do not always praise us; those who do not always make our work and preaching easy; those whom others so easily forget and those whom society so quickly dismisses. They are in your parishes and communities and are longing for someone to assure them of God’s abiding presence and infinite love.”

Read Bishop Burbidge’s homily

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge meeting with Deacons and their wives during annual convocation in the Diocese.

Above: Part of the gathering attending the Annual Deacon Convocation held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.

Above: Fr. James F. Garneau, Director of the Diocesan Diaconate program, addressing gathering.