Catholic men are invited to an information night to learn about the permanent diaconate on Thursday, April 19 at St. Charles Seminary’s Vianney Auditorium, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood.

Men with a deep spiritual life who are between the ages of 29 and 55 and would like to discern a call to serve Jesus Christ and his church within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as permanent deacons are welcomed to the free event, along with their wives, if married.

Registration for the event is required. Interested men should email their name, address, age, parish, marital status and wife’s name to Laura Nimmons.

A permanent deacon, who may be married, is a member of the clergy and shares in the hierarchy of the sacrament of holy orders. Through the sacrament, the deacon is configured to Christ the Servant. It is Christ the Servant who acts through the ministry of the deacon.

A deacon’s ministry entails proclaiming, preaching and teaching God’s Word, assisting the bishop and priest at the liturgy, assisting at funerals, ministering to the sick and dying, leading the community in prayer and in sacramental liturgies, baptizing, witnessing marriages and exercising administrative leadership in the church.