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cultivate a series of human qualities, not only out of proper and due growth and realization of self, but also with a view to the ministry.”

Human Dimension Objectives

115. Deacons have an important role to support the role of the laity in the field of human development. The glory of the lay person is the transformation of culture. “Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ.” 4 In catechizing, preaching, and counseling the deacon motivates, facilitates, and animates the laity in their apostolate in the world. In proclaiming God’s Word, the deacon evangelizes the believer and unbeliever alike. And “as a minister at the altar . . . [he will] give the Lord’s body and blood to the community of believers.” 5 The deacon collaborates with the dioc esan bishop in the latter’s responsibility for catechesis in the local Church. 6 The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in its Guide for Catechists , offers the following attributes for catechists that apply equally to deacons: a. “in the purely human sphere : psychophysical equilibrium— good health, a sense of responsibility, honesty, dynamism; good professional and family conduct, a spirit of sacrifice, strength, perseverance” b. “with a view to the functions of a . . . [deacon] : good human relations, ability to dialogue with those of other religions, grasp of one’s own culture, ability to communicate, willingness to work with others, leadership qualities, balanced judgment, openness of mind, a sense of realism, a capacity to transmit consolation and hope” c. “with a view to particular situations or roles : aptitudes for work ing in the fields of peacemaking, development, socio-cultural pro motion, justice, health care” 7 To this list may be added other important qualities, such as the abil ity to manage conflict, collaborate, and organize, always contributing to the unity of the parish.

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