June 6, 2008

Meet our future deacons

Oscar MoralesOscar Morales

  • Age: 61
  • Spouse: Evangelina
  • Home Parish: St. Patrick Parish in Indianapolis
  • Occupation: Pastoral Associate at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Indianapolis

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

One of the most important role models in my life of faith is Franciscan Father Thomas Fox. He was the first to believe in me as a possible deacon. Members of my family are also role models because we are a domestic Church based on respect and love for each other.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

All of the letters of St. Paul are favorites as they are examples of conversion. Paul’s letters have a deep teaching and a clear message for us to follow. Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe is close to my heart.

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

I have the opportunity to put into practice all that I have learned as I am a pastoral associate for St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish.

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

I am very fortunate for this opportunity and feel very grateful to God. I feel he has a call and a plan for me and this is it—to be able to serve God at this level, and to be able to follow and do what God wants of me.

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

There is a lot of expectation and excitement in my family. I pray to God for his guidance and wisdom in all that I am doing and for my family to be able to stand by my ministry.

How do you hope to serve through your life and ministry as a deacon?

For many years, I have done much service in the Church. I wondered about the meaning. Now, after this journey of learning and praying, it makes sense how I can serve God in other people. I hope to keep serving others as I have been doing, but now it is my way of life and my ministry as a deacon. †


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