Definition of diaconate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈakəneɪt/


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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