Children: Patty, Cindy, Paul and Elaine
Parish: Our Lady of Victory, Davenport
Ordination: June 8, 2002, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport
Occupation: Retired electrical designer
Why did you become a deacon? My wife and I were active members of our parish and involved in many ministries. Over 30 years ago, my pastor suggested that I think about entering the diaconate program in the future. I had time to think about it over the years and received encouragement from several other people. When applications for Deacon Class V were being taken, my wife and I concluded it was time for me to try. I felt called, but if I wasn’t accepted I would know for sure that the calling wasn’t there in the first place.
What ministries are you involved in? At Our Lady of Victory: serve Mass, prepare and deliver homilies, perform baptisms, attend parish meetings (parish council, vocation, stewardship and liturgy), help with extraordinary ministers of Communion, conduct baptism classes, provide intercessions for Sunday Masses, preside at holy hours, schedule extraordinary ministers of the homebound.
Outside of parish: Serve Mass at Ridgecrest and Silvercrest assisted living residences, conduct a weekly Communion service at Silvercrest, help deliver food to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry, diaconate office volunteer, Deacon Class VI candidate mentor.
What are your challenges? The ones that come up unexpectedly and seem to be outside of my abilities!
Favorite Scripture passage: Jeremiah 1:4-5: “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” This passage is a good reminder for me that the unexpected challenges are doable. God knows me and what I am capable of doing.