May 16, 2008

Meet our future deacons

Dave RiesingDave Reising

  • Age: 59
  • Spouse: Kathy
  • Home Parish: St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Bedford
  • Occupation: Coordinator for a federal grant that seeks to promote good marriages and families

Who are the important role models in your life of faith?

The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Vincent de Paul.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

My favorite Scripture verse is from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” My favorite prayers are chanting the Liturgy of the Hours, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. My favorite devotion is eucharistic adoration in our parish’s perpetual adoration chapel.

Deacons often minister to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that, and how do you anticipate doing that in the future?

I retired from the federal government not too long ago and have become the coordinator for a federal grant that promotes healthy marriages and responsible parenting. I have had many opportunities to minister to people in a pastoral care setting on a one-on-one basis, working in and outside our office. I also have the opportunity to minister to different groups of people at our different events that we sponsor. Our grant is a new one, and I see as time increases my opportunities to minister in this environment will increase as well.

Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?

Through prayer, discernment, and support of my family and parishioners, I feel strongly that I have a call to the diaconate. I realize that this call has much responsibility, joy and sacrifice associated with it. I am willing to accept all of them in committing myself to Christ. I feel this call constantly on my heart and am anxious to follow God’s will.

How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?

Over the past four years, I have seen a big impact on my life. I believe it is because the archdiocese has such a good formation program that the impact after ordination will be lessened. However, seeing how God is using me now does make me question how and where he will use me in the future. I believe God is the only one that can answer that question. †


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