Deacon Formation: Resources

 

 

The following links are provided as a service to those who are engaged in Diaconal ministry or formation. The diocese is not responsible for their content, and does not necessarily agree with the material found or opinions expressed on those sites. Some of the sites are explicitly Catholic; others are not. Please report any concerns or broken links to the Director of Formation. 


Pastoral Resources

 

Pastoral Care / Hospital and Health Care Ministry

 

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (5th Edition) From the USCCB website.
Reiki Therapy A document from the US Bishops, concluding: "Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy."
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)

See especially their educational resources webpage, which includes links to other websites, prayer & spirituality resources, and information on ethical issues.

Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination From the USCCB website
Salvifici Doloris

Pope John Paul II's reflection on the meaning of human suffering; on the Vatican website

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Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nationís largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
NAMI: FaithNet NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness. This site is a reflection of a closer partnership between NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliate leaders.
NAMI: Iowa  
NAMI: Greater Mississippi Valley  
Archdiocese of Chicago: Commission on Mental Health The purpose of the Commission on Mental Illness is to educate and resource parishes on the spiritual and supportive needs of persons with serious mental illnesses such as bi-polar disease, major depressive illnesses, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Since mental illness not only affects the individual with the disease but also family members, the needs of the entire family are addressed.
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Domestic Violence Resources

 

In their 2002 Document, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, the US Bishops unequivocally condemned domestic violence and called upon the Church to reach out to victim and perpetrator alike. Click on the links and see what your parish can do....

 

Hotline Phone Number (IA) Poster - English

Hotline Phone Number (IA) Poster - Spanish

These can be printed out and put in the women's washroom... where a victim can take the number without being observed by her abuser.
Local Agencies in the Davenport Diocese Map of the diocese with the contact information for local Domestic Violence programs.
Click here for detailed list of Domestic Violence Projects in Iowa.
Bulletin Insert A full page insert in Spanish and English.
Bulletin Paragraphs Short quotes that can be reproduced inside your bulletin.
The Domestic Violence "Power and Control Wheel" A visual aid in understanding what can constitute domestic violence.
FaithTrust Institute "FaithTrust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. We provide communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. FaithTrust Institute works with many communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Buddhist, Jewish, Latino/a, Muslim, Black, Anglo, Indigenous, Protestant and Roman Catholic."
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Liturgy of the Hours

 

Click here for LOH resources on our Liturgy Links page.
Click here for LOH planning sheets and other resources on the Liturgy Library page.
Information on the Liturgical Calendar can be found on the Liturgy Events webpage.
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Safe Environment Program & VIRTUS

 

Use these links to access information about the Diocesan Safe Environment Program or the VIRTUS Website.
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Academic Resources

 

Academic Writing

The following links provide help in properly citing references, according to a variety of methods:

 

Son of Citation Machine Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources.
Boston College: Citing with Integrity An overview of ethical citation practices.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab: American Psychological Association (APA)
Documenting Electronic Resources

Modern Language Association (MLA)
University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center: APA
Chicago/Turabian Style
MLA
The Ultimate Grammar Resource Guide Links to numerous resources regarding proper English grammar.
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Canon Law

 

Ad Tuendam Fidem
Motu proprio
of John Paul II (5/18/98) making changes to the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Sacrae disciplinae leges
Code of Canon Law - Vatican
Code of Canon Law - Great Britain
Msgr. J. Gray
Selected Reference Documents related to the Code of Canon Law, as prepared by Monsignor Jason Gray of the Diocese of Peoria. Contains electronic versions of the 1983 Code of Canon Law (as updated 2010), the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, and the 1917 Code of Canon Law.
Canon Law Books
A source for common textbooks in Canon Law, including much of the Gratianus Series from Canada.
Canon Law Research Guide
Here is a research guide a civil lawyer put together on Canon Law. Some useful links and reference material for a variety of sources.
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Catholic Social Teaching

 

Information Access to Catholic Social Justice Teaching
CST Resources - Villanova

FDLC: Liturgy and Justice

Office for Social Justice Home Page (Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul)

USCCB Office for Justice, Peace and Human Development 

Organizations: Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Charities USA
Iowa Catholic Conference
NCRLC (The National Catholic Rural Life Conference)
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
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Church History

 

American Catholic History

 

Historical Maps Overview

 

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
(emphasis on the Early Church)
History of the Liturgy (Yale)
Early Church Fathers
Medieval Sourcebook

Early Church Texts

 

Smith Creek Music Hymnology (History of Hymnody)
FDLC: The Liturgical Movement
Timeline of Art History
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
FDLC: Liturgical Reform
 
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Evangelization and Catechetics / Youth Ministry

 

21st Century Catholic Evangelization Loyola Press - Sunday Connection
Catholic Youth Foundation Outside Da Box - videos for youth ministry
The Five Loaves St. Mary's Press - resource center
LifeTeen Vibrant Faith at Home (ecumenical)
Lifelong Faith  
   
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Liturgy

 

See our Liturgy Links and Liturgy Library pages.
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Philosophy (including Ethics)

 

Catholic Health Association

This link will take you to the CHA's ethics page; click here to retrieve the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (4th edition) from the USCCB website. The CHA also publishes an ethics newsletter, which is available here. See this link for Key Ethical Principles.

Commission on Biomedical Ethics From the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The site includes reference materials as well as links to other sites.
Loras College / Archdiocese of Dubuque Bioethics Resource Center Multidisciplinary in nature, the Center brings together the perspectives of medicine, philosophy, theology, and law in approaching the problems of bioethics.
National Catholic Bioethics Center The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. The NCBC also sponsors a channel on YouTube, where a number of educational videos are posted.
Philosophy: An On-Line Resource Guide Links to various resources for the study of philosophy.
Philosophy Bites Podcasts by contemporary philosophers.
On-line Encyclopedias The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy Pages
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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Preaching & Scripture

 

See our Preaching Links page.
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Spirituality

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church From the USCCB Website.
Catholic Classics Electronic versions of spiritual classics, such as St. Augustine's Confessions, St. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, St. Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, and many more...
Catholic Treasury An on-line library of spiritual classics.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library Hundreds of works listed alphabetically by author.
Contemplative Outreach "Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community." 
Early Church Fathers  
The Franciscan Archive Includes the writings of St. Francis, St. Clare, and St. Bonaventure...
Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life A reflection on the "New Age" from the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue
St. Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul  
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Theology

Catechism of the Catholic Church with Search Utility

 
CatholicReference An on-line dictionary of Catholic terms.
Catholic Resources - Prof. Felix Just, S.J.

While the emphasis of this site is on the study of Scripture, there are also resources here for the study of the Liturgy and theology in general.

There is a very helpful section on official Church documents related to the study of the Scriptures.

Ecumenism in Canada

While containing some material specific to the Canadian Churches, this website contains excellent research tools in terms of documents from various denominations and the study of Scripture. Includes links to other ecumenical and inter-religious organizations.

Internet Theology Resources, by School of Theology Major Areas

General information, Scripture, Systematics, Moral Theology, Church History, Liturgy and Liturgical Music, Monastic Studies, Religious Education, Spirituality, Pastoral Ministry, Spanish Language and Culture

Journal of Religion and Film  
Pocket Catholic Dictionary  
St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica  
Theology Library A huge "gateway" organized according to subject area: Church, Revelation, Liturgy, Justice, Theology, Morality, Spirituality, Evangelization, and Religion (ecumenism and interreligious relations).
INTERS - The Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science Hosted by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
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