Fraternal Order of Deacons?

I wonder, is there a “fraternal society” of deacons? I have heard of various societies for priests, like the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, an association of diocesan priests who are united to Opus Dei. Priests who join this association are still completely under the jurisdiction of their bishop or religious order.

Is there something similar for deacons? Virtually every permanent deacon is within the jurisdiction of a bishop, but can deacons join free associations?

I think such organizations could be beneficial to men who serve the Church through diaconal ministry.

Diaconal Quote of the Week

“Deacons are ordained clergy,” he said, “and, together with priests and bishops, they complete what the Patristic Fathers refer to as the ‘fullness of the church hierarchy,’ or the fullness of holy orders. They are not ‘substitute priests,’ but neither are they ‘glorified altar boys.’ They are ordained ministers, sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Orders with bishops and priests, but they have their own unique vocation, which neither priest nor bishop can or should fulfill.”

The Diocese of Tyler is in the midst of an ordination fest with four diaconal ordinations scheduled for this Advent and Christmas Seasons.
Hat tip to the Deacon’s Bench, a new blog on the street.

diocese of austin to ordain three deacons tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Diocese of Austin will be ordaining three seminaries to the transitional diaconate. These three men will serve as a deacon for the next year or so before being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin. All are welcome to join the Diocese in this celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 10 a.m.
Next Saturday, two deacons will be ordained priests at St. Margaret Mary in Cedar Park. I’ll be in Houston so I will not be able to pray with the Church for the two soon-to-be priests.
I’ve never participated in an ordination to the Order of Deacons before so I’m curious to see the differences in the rites in person. The one priestly ordination I’ve attended was the 2006 ordination of Fr. Jamie Baca, C.S.P. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New York City.

the powerless invitation

The deacon is one who waits. He is never in charge. He is the servant of others–of God, of his bishops, of the congregation. He is a voice: it is his task to read the Lord’s Gospel, not his own….He is a servant: it is his task to wait at the Lord’s table….It is others who preside; he is the waiter, the attendant. Is there anything at all that is peculiar to the deacon? Is he given powers that are given to no one else? The answer is “No.” There is notihng he can do which nobody else can do. But that is just what is distinctive about him. He has no power. He is a servant. he is entrusted with the ministry of Christ who washes his servants’ feet. He embodies the service of the Lord who has made himself the servant of us all.

— Anglican bishop-theologian Mark Santer.