June 6, 2008

Meet our future deacons

Steven GretencordSteven Gretencord

  • Age: 56
  • Spouse: Kathyrn
  • Home Parish: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Terre Haute
  • Occupation: Manager of ValleyElectric Supply in Terre Haute

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

My parents have always been important role models. My wife, Kathy, has been an inspiration. The pastors of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish have been and continue to be role models for me on my spiritual journey.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

“I do believe, help my unbelief” (Mk 9:24). This is my favorite Scripture verse because it helps me to focus on the importance of trusting in the Providence of God. Eucharistic adoration is particularly rewarding for me as I find it spiritually refreshing and invigorating.

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

It is widely known in the workplace that I am studying for ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church. In the last few years, I have had several opportunities to talk with people as they faced crisis in their lives, and will continue to make myself available.

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

I have contemplated this question since my early days of discernment. I am more sure than ever that I am being called because I see God working in my life and I seem to be directed toward this destination. Every day, I am becoming more [comfortable] with the role and duties I will be assuming upon ordination.

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

The impact of being a deacon will likely have a minimal effect on my family life. My wife is supportive, and my son is grown. The impact on my personal life will be determined by how adept I become at time management. Overall, I anticipate a very uplifting and fulfilling experience as I minister to the Body of Christ. †


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