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Deacon Clarence DeCaires, as Director of Permanent Deacons, serves at the pleasure of the Bishop as his representative for the overall administration of the Deacon Community in the areas of ministry and continuing formation, both educational and spiritual. Deacon DeCaires is in active service at St. John Vianney Church in Kailua.
Deacon Clarence DeCaires
Director of Permanent Deacons
The office and ministry of the permanent deacon is a distinctive vocation in the Catholic Church. Although the diaconate is an ordained ministry of the Church, it is a different ministry from that of priests.
Deacons are ordained into a ministry of service, and enjoy a special relationship with the bishop. The permanent diaconate provides a “greater and more direct presence of Church ministers in the various spheres of the family, work, school, etc., in addition to existing pastoral structures,” according to Pope John Paul II.
If you are interested in becoming a permanent deacon, visit our web pages for Deacon Formation or call Deacon John Coughlin, Co-Director, Office of Permanent Deacon Formation at (808) 203-6729 or email@example.com.
Deacon Will Friese, Chair
Deacon John Coughlin, Co-Director,
West Hawaii Representatives
East Hawaii Representative
Central Oahu Representatives
Leeward Oahu Representatives
Deacon Pastoral Council Representative
The Deacon Council of the Diocese of Honolulu was established to serve as an advisory body to the bishop regarding the formation, ministry, and life of the deacon in the diocese. It assists the bishop and his staff in planning, coordinating, and evaluating all aspects of diaconal life and ministry, especially the post-ordination educational and spiritual formation of the deacon. The council also provides a forum for input from deacons, their wives and widows, their families, pastors, parishes, and the whole community of the faithful.
The membership of the council consists of elected representatives chosen from among the deacon community from each of the vicariates of the diocese. The vicar for clergy (or deacon director) and the deacon formation director(s) shall be exofficio members of the council.