The Deacon Speaker Ministry has been going on at Chalice pretty much from its start according to Deacon Dan MacDonald, Chalice’s School and Parish Administrator, and “[It] has really helped build Chalice into what it is, built a strong base to where we’re at almost 50,000 sponsored children.”
Since 1996 Chalice has been serving children and elderly in need at 56 Catholic mission sites in Haiti, South America, Africa, Ukraine, Philippines, Bangladesh and India. For over 20 years deacons have been going to parishes across Canada preaching the homilies on the weekends and telling the stories of the people whom Chalice supports.
We need a team of American deacons, who have a heart for this ministry, to take on this important work for the United States. Do you have the desire to answer Jesus’ call to provide comfort to our sisters and brothers suffering in poverty, particularly children, who are among the most vulnerable?
When you become a Deacon Speaker for Chalice US, you’ll join a community of deacons and their wives who visit Catholic parishes preaching in support of sponsorship for children and their families who are suffering needlessly in poverty. God has given us the resources so that no one should go hungry. It’s our job to make it happen.
As a Deacon Speaker you’ll be provided with training and support and you’ll meet periodically as a group with your fellow deacons and their wives to share insights and successes. You’ll have the opportunity to travel to Chalice sponsor sites.
“It’s such a strong match as far as the ministry of a deacon and reaching out to the poor wherever they might be, reaching out in charity and love, it fits the ministry really well. Our deacons express that every weekend preaching about sponsorship. It’s such a strong match,” says Deacon Dan.