305. IT IS THE DESIRE of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that, as implemented in accord with local or regional resources, this National Directory will provide a sure directive for promoting har mony and unity in diaconal formation and ministry throughout the dioceses of the USCCB, as well as within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. In so doing, this National Directory will ensure a certain uniformity in the identity, selection, and formation of dea cons, as well as provide for more clearly defined pastoral objectives in diaconal ministries. 306. This National Directory is presented to the diaconal communities in the United States of America as a tangible expression of the USCCB’s gratitude to them for their dedicated ministry to God’s People. It is also intended to challenge and encourage them to be, with greater dedication and clarity, “a specific sacramental sign, in the Church, of Christ the Servant.” 1
1 BNFPD, no. 5.
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