Barbara del Caro Scaia
My name is Barbara del Caro Scaia. I’ve been an ordained Deacon with the ECMN for over five years.
I am very much looking forward to being a part of Saint Paul’s faith community and journeying with you as we look forward to a new priest to come to this community.
Upon first meeting at Saint Paul’s, I was awed at the work and dedication this church has shown this community while acting from a transitional standpoint, the gifts of this community and also the needs of this community — and I found myself drawn to accept the Bishop’s request to meet you all.
My diaconate ministry has always been one of developing relationships, noticing gifts and naming them. I feel faith in action is one way of sharing God with anyone we meet. My sense of “call” has arisen from my childhood days living across from, what was known then as, a “half-way” house. My heart cried as I witnessed the ostracism and negative comments that those persons dealt with as they worked just to make it through the day. God called me then, to care and love and open my heart and bear witness even in my childish ways as God calls me now to be with you and meet new brothers and sisters in Christ.
Again, I am very happy to join you to see what together, God calls us to do.
What is a deacon?
Deacons are one of the orders of ministry recognized by the Episcopal Church. The orders are: lay people, bishops, priests, and deacons (BCP p. 855). Each order is a particular calling, according to the various gifts given by the Holy Spirit. The role of a deacon is summarized in what the bishop says the service of ordination for a deacon, just before the laying on of hands:
My brother/sister, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.
As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemption love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from me to me. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.
— Book of Common Prayer (BCP) p. 543