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Who are the important role models in your life of faith?
There are many important role models in my life: my wife, parents, as well as many of my past teachers and parish priests. I am happy to say our children and grandchildren are also role models for me.
What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?
I love the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John (Jn 1:1-18) and I enjoy lectio divina as a form of prayer.
Deacons often minister to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that and what do you anticipate doing in the future?
I have been asked by my company to lead a Family Notification Team in the case of serious injury or death in the plant. One of the aspects of this program is that we have gathered a group of employee volunteers, many of whom have some sort of ministry training, to be the first line when making a notification.
Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?
From the first moment I heard about the diaconate, I was drawn to it. Unlike some in our group, I really did not know much about the diaconate, but something seemed to be urging me forward. As my wife and I began to go to informational meetings, I became more drawn and my prayer turned to questions of God about his intention for my life. This prayer has continued. As I began doing work in the parish, I’ve recognized in my heart that a servant minister is not only what God is calling me to do, but it is who he has been creating me to be. I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.
How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?
As ordination draws near, I have thought a great deal about this. I know I will be called away from my family in many of my parish ministries. My family has been very supportive when I could not be with them over the past years, but I believe my ministry is also changing how my family chooses to live their lives. Cindy and I have always ministered as a couple. In the end, only the Lord knows where he will take us. †