Deacon candidate profile

Name: Dan Huber
Age: 47
Family:  Married for 21 years to my wife, Rachel.  We have two daughters: Sarah, who will be a freshman at Assumption High School in Davenport, and Mary, who will be entering kindergarten next school year.
Occupation:  I am part of the faith formation team at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport
Parish:  Sacred Heart Cathedral
How did you know you were being called to the diaconate?  
My first awareness occurred after working with Deacon Mike Sheil and his wife Pat on some retreats for teenagers. I appreciated how much he listened to the candidates and how he served so humbly. I felt the strongest call after working with Deacon Bill Ditewig in my parish. He described the life of a ministry of service in a way that made me realize that my life experiences seemed to be preparing me for serving the Church in a new way.
What is most rewarding about being a deacon candidate?
There are too many things to count. The deacon couples are truly a gift to me and the Church. The formation team has been excellent and our instructors have helped us to grow theologically. Perhaps the most rewarding thing for me was the opportunity to work with my mentor Deacon Jeff Schuetzle in his ministry to the L’Arche community in Clinton. I believe anyone who shares life in this community is experiencing a foretaste of the kingdom.
What is most challenging about being a deacon candidate?
Balancing my time with family, work, ministry and prayer is my greatest challenge. I have also found writing and giving homilies as one of the most challenging tasks. I have a deeper admiration for those individuals who take this task seriously.
What do you look most forward to in your ministry as a deacon?
Serving others and experiencing the grace that flows from the daily encounters with Jesus.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?  
This is like asking, which child do you love more!  If I must pick one passage it would be Micah 6:8 which says, You have been told what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.

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