in assuming the
Office of Deacon promise that I shall always preserve communion with
the Catholic Church, whether in words I speak or in the way I
With great care
and fidelity, I shall carry out my responsibilities by which I am
bound, in relation both to the universal Church and to the
particular church in which I am called to exercise my service
according to the requirements of the law.
In carrying out
my function, which is committed to me in the name of the Church, I
shall preserve the deposit of faith in its entirety, hand it on
faithfully, and make it shine forth. As a result I shall avoid whatever
doctrines are contrary to these truths.
I shall follow
and foster the common discipline of the whole Church and shall see
to the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those
contained in the Code of Canon Law.
obedience, I shall follow what the sacred pastors declare as
authentic doctors and teachers of the faith or established as
leaders of the Church, and I shall faithfully assist diocesan
bishops so that apostolic activity, to be exercised in the name of
and by the mandate of the Church, is carried out in communion with
the same Church.
So may God help
me, and the holy Gospels of God, which I touch with my hands.