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In his message for the 36th World Communications Day on Sunday, May 12th, 2002, Pope John Paul II said,
"The Church approaches this new medium (the Internet) with realism and confidence. Like other communications media, it is a means, not an end in itself. The Internet can offer magnificent opportunities for evangelization if used with competence and a clear awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. Above all, by providing information and stirring interest it makes possible an initial encounter with the Christian message, especially among the young who increasingly turn to the world of cyberspace as a window on the world. It is important, therefore, that the Christian community think of very practical ways of helping those who first make contact through the Internet to move from the virtual world of cyberspace to the real world of Christian community."
(Message of the Holy Father for the 35th World Communications Day, THEME: "Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel")

The purpose of this Web site is to provide Candidates in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, the opportunity to use the Internet as a means of giving glory to God through their witness to Jesus Christ and His Church. We are all called by God to a vocation. It is God's invitation for us to love and serve Him and His Church in a particular state or way of life. Whether we are called to the single life or to the married life in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, our vocation flows from the grace of Baptism.

This Web site is dedicated to those men who are seeking to follow God's call to a second vocation to the ordained ministry as a Permanent Deacon.

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