Definition of deacon
: a subordinate officer in a Christian church: such asa : a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Orthodox cleric ranking next below a priestb : one of the laymen elected by a church with congregational polity to serve in worship, in pastoral care, and on administrative committeesc : a Mormon in the lowest grade of the Aaronic priesthood
Examples of deacon in a Sentence
my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church
Recent Examples of deacon from the Web
The archdiocese asked anyone with knowledge of inappropriate conduct by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer to contact its confidential report line at 913-647-3051.
Michael Jackson and his sequined glove, Pharrell Williams and that Hat, maybe former President Barack Obama’s khaki Easter Sunday deacon outfit.
Francis last year appointed him to lead a commission to study whether women could be deacons in the church.
Murphy, a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church who plans to work for the Archdiocese of Seattle, was appointed in 2013 after holding a similar position in Boise, Idaho.
Taking a break from the midway was longtime parishioner Mary Pepitone, who was attending the event with her husband, Joe, who is a deacon.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced a program on Thursday that will seek to compensate hundreds of victims who were abused as children by its priests and deacons.
Damron is a deacon, Cox is a pastor and Hastings is the mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio.
A few years ago, the pastor made Smith an honorary deacon.
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Origin and Etymology of deacon
Middle English dekene, from Old English dēacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos, literally, servant, from dia- + -konos (akin to enkonein to be active); perhaps akin to Latin conari to attempt
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
DEACON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deacon for English Language Learners
: an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest
: a member of some Christian churches who has special duties
DEACON Defined for Kids
Definition of deacon for Students
1 : an official in some Christian churches ranking just below a priest
2 : a church member in some Christian churches who has special duties
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