A Deacon Prays

Prayers and Devotions for Liturgy and Life

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Publication date: April 23, 2021

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Winner of a first-place award in the collection of prayers category from the Catholic Media Association.

Greg Kandra’s A Deacon Praysthe essential prayer book for Catholic deacons—is a practical, daily companion that speaks to deacons as no other book has because it comes from Kandra, creator of The Deacon’s Bench blog and one of the most popular voices and enthusiastic advocates of the diaconate in the Church today.

Kandra left a successful career as a television news writer and producer to become a Catholic deacon after the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Covering the devastating story set Kandra on a spiritual quest that led to his ordination in 2007. He serves a parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In A Deacon Prays, Kandra has written prayers to greatly strengthen a deacon’s spiritual life and richly enhance his ministry. There are prayers

  • for daily life and seasons;
  • for service in particular ministries;
  • to patron saints;
  • of devotion tailored for deacons;
  • of petition and intercession; and
  • marking special times in the life of a deacon.

This is an indispensable addition to any deacon’s prayer corner, briefcase, or glove compartment, and will be a popular gift for ordinations, birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions in the life of a Catholic deacon.

With about 20,000 deacons serving the Catholic Church in the United States, the permanent diaconate is its fastest-growing vocation. Deacons serve in parishes, dioceses, schools, health care, social service agencies, and many more ministries throughout the Church.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800179

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A timeless treasury.”

    “This timeless treasury of original prayers and devotions will inspire and equip deacons to joyfully fulfill their ministry in the Church.”


    Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
    Catholic radio host and author of Father Augustus Tolton

  • “Spiritual food and water.”

    “The prayers in this book will serve as spiritual food and water, guiding users to an encounter with the Holy Spirit, leading to minds and hearts renewed.”

    From the foreword by Most Rev. Frank Caggiano
    Bishop of Bridgeport 

  • “Truly unique.”

    “This is truly a unique contribution for the spirituality of deacons. One can tell it's personal and wholly drawn from practical experience, which is the best kind of spirituality. I'm excited to share it with my deacons.”

    Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
    Bishop of Jefferson City

  • “Keep this book close.”

    “There will be times when we are broken and doubt, but keep this book close: Greg Kandra's prayers will strengthen you and remind you why God called you to be a deacon.”

    Deacon Ed Shoener
    President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers
    Compiler and editor of Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders

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