The heart of the diaconate is not found in service, but rather in intimate communion with Christ the Servant to whom the deacon was configured on the day of his ordination. Sacred service, which is the deacon’s ministry, flows from this communion and is effective in proportion to the deacon’s love for Jesus Christ. Therefore the interior life, the life of sacred reading, of pious reflection, of deep prayer and of restful contemplation, must be continually cultivated. Deacon Dominic Cerrato, Ph.D., Program Director for the St. John Paul II Foundation, will present the main talks of a weekend retreat for deacon candidates and their wives in the Archdiocese of Omaha. The retreat will take place at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk, Nebraska.