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Deacon Charles Speaks, a Deacon for Almost 18 Years, Looks Forward to Many More

In 1997 13 men were ordained to the permanent diaconate by then Bishop Wilton D. Gregory (now archbishop in Atlanta, Ga.,) for the Diocese of Belleville. Charles Speaks was a member of that class.

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Deacon Corby Valentine Juggles Commitments to Family, Ministry, Work

Corby Valentine may have been tossed a few curve balls in his life, but he’s hit most of them “out of the park.”

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Deacon George Munie Continues to Minister

Not exactly retired, but listed as such on paper, Deacon George Munie still “helps out” as he can, especially when people request his ministry at St. Pancratius in Fayetteville.

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Diocesan Youth Gather to Celebrate Their Faith

About 200 young people in the Diocese of Belleville gathered March 27-29 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville to pray, to reflect, to nourish their faith and to have fun.

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‘Service’ a Hallmark of Ministry for Permanent Deacons in the Diocese

“Relying on the help of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ, we choose these, our brothers, for the Order of the Diaconate.” With those words, Bishop Edward K. Braxton begins the ordination rite.

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