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Who are the important role models in your life of faith?
My grandmother persevered through adversity and had an unwavering love of God. Her life had a tremendous impact on my faith. My spiritual director, retired Father Donald Schmidlin, has played an essential role in mentoring me and supporting me through the process of formation. So many others have been living examples of faith, and have affected my journey in search of a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with God.
What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?
The Liturgy of the Hours is a mainstay of my life and connects me on a daily basis with the faithful throughout the world.
Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?
I am not sure I will ever have a complete answer to this question, but I do know that in my heart I feel called to do so. I have long volunteered my time in service to others, and believe that becoming a deacon will enhance my ability to do so. I have also had significant support in this decision from my friends, family and spiritual advisers, which I consider a clear indication of his will for me to be of greater service.
How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?
My children are grown and, although I remain very involved in their lives and in the lives of my grandchildren, I do have more time than I did when they were growing up. In many ways, the prospect of ordination has re-ordered my priorities so that I can focus on fulfilling this ministry of service. I will remain conscious of balancing my obligations so that I will be available for my wife and children.
How do you hope to serve through your life and ministry as a deacon?
I have a special affinity to the elderly and the sick, and coordinate the Eucharistic Outreach and Hospital Ministry programs in our parish. I also intend to offer myself in any way that I can be of service, and am open to possible callings in ways that I do not now anticipate. †