Definition of diaconate in English:


Line breaks: di¦ac¦on|ate
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈakəneɪt
, -ət/


  • 1The office of deacon, or a person’s tenure of it.
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    • Among the subjects he considers are the diaconate, the priestly office, the office of the bishop, the place of canon law in the life of the church, and ecumenism.
    • Much of the present book is devoted to ministerial orders, with an essay on the diaconate and several extended discussions on the episcopal office and the meaning of apostolic succession.
    • This report provides a thorough review of the development of the diaconate and the ministry of deacons.
  • 1.1A body of deacons collectively.
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    • Does the historic episcopate include the priesthood and diaconate, which are not mentioned in the Quadrilateral?
    • This includes the diaconate, as well as the priesthood.
    • In 1979, Broadman Press published my book, The Emerging Role of Deacons, which included material on women in the diaconate.


early 18th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diaconatus, from diaconus (see deacon).

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