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Who are the important role models in your life of faith?
The important role models in my life have been my parents, Frank and Joan Collier; the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods; a former pastor in my high school days, Father Charles Noll; and, in the past five years, Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein.
What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?
One of my favorite Bible passages is from Romans 12:3-6. This passage talks about how we are many parts in one body. I carry a prayer card that states we only pass through this life once, and ask God to decide how he wants to use me. As deacons, we are called to develop a prayer life centered around the Liturgy of the Hours. I have found it is a great way to start and end the day.
Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?
I feel that God is calling me to be a deacon because so many people have stated that they think I would make a good deacon. Through all the interviews and classes we have been through, I just feel the Holy Spirit working in me to do this. I have a life of service to my community. My Church and my family are behind me. And service as a deacon will be a continuation of all my previous experiences. It is something I pray about all the time.
How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?
As a deacon, I feel my life will be changed forever because I will be held out as a man of the Church, the Church that I grew up with and am so proud to have served. I look forward to sharing this love of the Church and to preaching on the teachings of our Catholic faith. I look forward to serving the needs of the archbishop in any way.
How do you hope to serve through your life and ministry as a deacon?
I hope that I can serve faithfully and make a difference in other people’s lives. We are called to serve the elderly, the widows and the less fortunate, and I feel I can do this with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and all of those who support me in this call to ministry. †