Deacons of the Diocese of Albany
Deacons: Resources

Use this page to access sites that are outstanding resources for Deacons and others who serve the Mission and Ministry of Jesus Christ.

Pope John XXIII Video – The 1987 made for TV movie, which has been made available for viewing online.

Homily Resources – Links to homilies, sermon illustrations, quotations and other resources useful when breaking open God’s Word.

Catholic Resources – Links to Catholic sites that are useful in research.

Bible Resources – Links to on-line Bibles, and Bible Study aides.

For My Soul – Links to prayers and other medicine for the soul.

Faith Based Organizations

Addictions - presented by Deacon Steve Lape

Homily Resources:

In preaching the Word of God, this page may help.

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Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Read the Word of God, Pray for Inspiration, Research the Text, Pray Some More, and Follow Where the Spirit Guides You.

Daily Reflection Calendar – Homilies and reflections for every day of the week are provided by Creighton University. Also available are: On-line Retreats, Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer, and the Stations of the Cross. 

Catholic Sermons – This is a comprehensive site to access homily archives, special homilies such as weddings and funerals, illustrations, daily readings and much, much more. 

Ozsermon Illustrations – The best free illustration site on the web. It can be searched by topics or key words.

Wisdom Quotes – Although this is a secular site, it contains a wealth of quotations, which can be searched by an extensive category list or key word.

Sermon Illustrations – While some illustrations are well known, this site has many useful sermon llustrations. It can be searched by the book name (e.g. 1 John). 

Need More Homily Help? Try using “Google” to search the Web using their advanced search engine.

Catholic Resources:

This page may be used to access various Catholic Resource sites and is useful for research and study related to the Church that we serve as Deacons.

The Holy See – Access to the official Vatican web site in English. This is a treasure trove of information about the Catholic Church, which contains a powerful search engine.

Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – Access to information from the U.S. Catholic Bishops, daily readings, on-line New American Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and much more. Visit the Secretariat For The Diaconate home page.

New Advent – Access to the Catholic Encyclopedia, works of the Church Fathers, Summa Theologica, Catholic Links (A growing list of good Catholic web sites). Very powerful search engines.

National Directory for the Formation, Life and Ministry of Permanent Deacons In the United States

Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons and Directory for the Ministry and Life of Deacons (From the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for the Clergy).

Bible Resources:

Use this page to access sites that are outstanding resources for Deacons and others who serve the Mission and Ministry of Jesus Christ.

The New American Bible
– The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops makes the entire New American Bible available on-line suitable for copying and pasting. Check The New American Bible's copyright permission policy.

Bibles.Net – Access to on-line bibles that can be searched by text. These are not Catholic translations but are useful for research.

Search God’s Word – Engine for searching the Bible by key word or Scripture reference. Includes the New Revised Standard Version.

For My Soul

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Luke 1:46-47).

Liturgy of the Hours – Obtain the Liturgy of the Hours on-line by day from the Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate. This site has the ability to create booklets by the Hour of the day.

The Method of Centering Prayer – By Father Thomas Keating.

Stations of the Cross – On Line at the Creighton University Site with the ability to print booklets.

On-Line Retreat – A 34 day retreat for every day life from Creighton University.

Faith Based Organizations

Haven of Hope Farm & Residence, Inc.
19 Cemetery St., Fonda, NY 12068

Haven of Hope Farm & Residence, Inc. is a nonprofit, faith based organization that was formed for the purposes of empowering and providing opportunities for struggling families to become independent. 

Haven of Hope currently assists with rental deposits, back  payments to stop eviction proceedings or utility shutoffs, apartment startup kits, clothing for infants and children, women’s maternity clothing,  food shortfalls at the end of the month, transportation and childcare to facilitate job interviews, GED classes, college and certificate job training programs etc.  For more information on how to help contact Pat Brooking, Executive Director 518-522-3342