William T. Ditewig is executive professor of theology at Santa Clara University, and he serves as director of faith formation, diaconate, and pastoral planning for the Diocese of Monterey. He is a deacon ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington as well as a retired Navy Commander. He is the author of many books on the diaconate, including The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide, Second Edition (Paulist, 2013), The Emerging Diaconate: Servant Leaders in a Servant Church (Paulist, 2007), and 101 Questions and Answers On Deacons (Paulist, 2004).
Deacon William Ditewig remains one of the most important voices
writing on the diaconate today, and The Deacon's Ministry of
Charity and Justice adds to his already remarkable body of
work. Insightful, accessible and engaging, this new work should be
required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the
diaconate-from men in formation to deacons, pastors and bishops.
Significantly, Deacon Ditewig's chapters on mercy and Pope Francis
couldn't be more timely or valuable-reminding us of what we are
called to be. Superb.
Deacon Greg Kandra, Blogger and Journalist
In The Deacon's Ministry of Charity and Justice, Deacon William Ditewig has made a helpful contribution to the understanding to the deacon's role in the Church today with particular attention to the promptings of magisterial documents. Beginning with an historical and theological analysis of the ministry of service exercised by all the faithful, and indeed the Church herself, Deacon Ditewig strives to integrate the specific vocation of the deacon in the Church's work of pastoral charity with particular emphasis on the ecclesial mission of mercy that Pope Francis has highlighted. It is a significant addition to the small but growing contemporary literature on the ancient vocation of the diaconate.
His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington