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The Deaconharold.com Online Experience!

St. Louis Review“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name give the glory” (Psalm 115:1). Welcome to the new deaconharold.com online experience! See when I’ll be in your area, book me for your next conference or parish mission, read my articles and interviews, check out my YouTube channel, listen to me on Catholic Answers Live or watch me on EWTN. Have fun and share the new site with your friends! Thank you for your support and prayers. God bless you all!

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Under Construction

The CallIf you’ve been to my website lately, you’ll see that its currently “under construction.” A number of people have asked, “What’s going on?” so I’d like to take a few moments to explain.

For the past three years, I’ve worked with an incredibly talented woman of God as my Event and Marketing Coordinator. She has been a true blessing to my apostolate and to me! Recently, she has had to step away from assisting me to work more closely with her husband in their thriving business, as well as manage a growing family. This wasn’t easy as we have worked extremely well together and there is no question that I would not be where I am today without her help. In the end, however, focusing on family is the right thing to do to maintain a sense of balance and perspective in her life.

During the past six weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching (in Adoration, of course!) about what God has accomplished through my apostolate thus far and where I want to be as I began searching for a new management team.

After speaking with a few folks, I struck-up a conversation with my good friend Jerry Usher, former Catholic Answers Live host, Founder of Vocation Boom, and the current President of Third Millennium Media (TMM). I asked him to submit a proposal and, upon review, it was quite evident that they thoroughly understood my goals and objectives that include, above all else, changing the world by bringing as many people as possible to a deeper love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel by sharing the truth of the Catholic faith in love.

After prayerful discernment and a discussion with my wife, Colleen, about what was best for our family, I’ve decided to partner with TMM in order to achieve all that God has planned for me to do for His honor and glory. Right now, we are in the middle of a short transition period as we begin implementing our plans for the future that include a new website and other exciting changes. Stay tuned!!

I am truly grateful beyond words for your support and prayers for my apostolate, especially during the last three years of working in the Lord’s vineyard on a full-time basis. Thank you! It hasn’t been easy but with my wife and family behind me—and your continued prayers—“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Please know that you and your loved ones are in prayers every day. God bless you all!

Psalm 144:1,

Deacon Harold

P.S. In case you missed the informational conference call about the upcoming pilgrimage to France, you can listen to it here: http://fccdl.in/VtKGv2uqH

 

 

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“Beauty in Belief” Blog Interview

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The wonderful women of faith over at the Beauty in Belief blog have just published an interview they did with me this month. I cover a wide range of topics that include: the diaconate, the redefinition of marriage, Planned Parenthood, fallen away Catholics, and ongoing conversion.

Click HERE to read the interview.

BTW, the photo above was taken while speaking at Faith on Tap at the Pineapple Hotel (Kangaroo Point) in Brisbane, Australia during my October 2012 Year of Faith Tour sponsored by Parousia Media.

And YES, I’m holding my rosary!

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New EWTN Series “Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy” Now Airing!

Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy on EWTN

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Father Brian Mullady, O.P. and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers examine the inherent blessings and tribulations connected with living the ministry of priest and deacon in the Catholic Church. This series is meant to help the laity better understand the issues and safeguards involved in the ministerial life of priests and deacons who are dedicated to faithful and fruitful service in the Church.

Watch the first episode HERE!

Watch “Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy” on EWTN online HERE  (scroll down to WATCH LIVE), or on your local cable/satellite network.

Air Times in the United States & Canada:

Sundays: 1:00 PM ET

Mondays:  7:00 PM ET

Tuesdays:  2:30 AM ET

Here is the episode list:

Episode 1 – What is the Grace of Ministry? Not everyone is called to the priesthood or diaconate. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Brian Mullady explore the vocation of ordination and show why ordination requires a special grace because it entails more than just a profession but involves an indelible character and a change to a new way of life.

Episode 2 – What are the Cornerstones of Formation for Ministry? The four cornerstones of the formation for ministry are human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Brian Mullady discuss the importance of each aspect and how they relate to the development of both priests and deacons.

Episode 3 – Problems in Liturgical Ministry, Part One The liturgy has a long tradition going back to the Apostles. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Brian Mullady speak of the problem of liturgical obedience and ritual performance And why is so important to maintain the integrity of the Mass.

Episode 4 – Problems in Liturgical Ministry, Part Two Liturgical integrity can often be abused. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Brian Mullady discuss the importance of adhering to the norms with special regard given marriage and funerals.

Episode 5 – Human Accessibility Priests and deacons are ministers to Christ’s people. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Brian Mullady examine the necessity of not just waiting for people to come to the ministers, but of going out to them as Jesus did in their world. The discussion will include how to remain in the world but not of the world.

Episode 6 – Intellectual Formation This episode will examine the special problem of intellectual formation for ministry. This includes in the seminary or diaconal formation program and ongoing intellectual formation.

Episode 7 – Affective Formation This episode will examine all the problems involved in how ministers deal with sexuality, affection and friendship. For deacons it includes marriage and for priests the glories and demands of celibacy. Special attention will be given to the recent pedophilia crisis and how sexual demands have led to the demise of even very orthodox priests.

Episode 8 – Fraternal Correction This episode will emphasize the importance of peer evaluation and correction. It will emphasize the importance of clerical friendship and the fact that only a cleric can truly understand what another cleric is going through. This friendship includes the responsibility of fraternal correction if a minister friend is not living something vital about his vocation.

Episode 9 – Correcting Media Images and Information This episode will treat the strange anti-clerical images presented by the media. They will be examined and evaluated for their truth and falsity.

Episode 10 – Authority and Obedience This episode will emphasize the necessity of obedience to ecclesiastical superiors. This will include its domain and limitations. It will also treat of what true obedience is and how obedience promotes humility and authenticity in one’s vocation.

Episode 11 – Money and Poverty This episode will examine the whole problem of clerical wealth and poverty. This will include the nature of voluntary poverty or a simply life style and also the dangers of wealth and success posed to the cleric. The pitfall of simony will also be treated.

Episode 12 – Ongoing Formation This episode will treat of the need for ongoing formation, especially when it comes to spirituality and study of the faith. This will include the necessity of confessors and spiritual directors keeping up to date on the latest findings in psychology and morality.

Episode 13 – Summary and Evaluation This episode summarizes the main points of the series.

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“The Best Books I Read in 2013”

Happy New Year to you and your families on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God!

Here are my choices for “The Best Books I Read in 2013” which has been posted on The Catholic World Report blog.

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CWR is edited by my good friend and grad school classmate, Carl E. Olson. Enjoy!

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The “Thunder From Down Under” Year of Faith Tour!

Get ready for the THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Year of Faith Australia Tour!

Click on the banner below for a complete list of TOUR DATES and to watch the PREVIEW VIDEO:

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From the Rooftops!

I am thrilled to announce that I am hosting a brand new live radio show on Radio Maria (http://radiomaria.us) called From the Rooftops.  The title of the show was inspired by this quote from Blessed John Paul II:

Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is time to preach it from the rooftops (World Youth Day 1993).

(Click on the banner below for a list of shows!)

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Here is a short summary of what the show is all about:

The God of Love sent his Son into the world to remind us of the unchangeable principles of reason and faith.  From the Rooftops discusses current issues within society in light of the beauty and truth of Church teaching.  The goal of the program is to rekindle the desire for intimacy with the Lord by reconnecting the Catholic faith to the every day lived experience. With courage, decisiveness, and fidelity, From the Rooftops will help plant the seeds of faith in meaningful and relevant ways onto the hearts of young adults and those who feel disconnected from the Catholic Church.

The show airs live every Wednesday from 10:00am-11:00am Central Time. You can find all the archived programs HERE.

SPREAD THE WORD and shout it From the Rooftops!!

©2013 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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