Live Not Lukewarm
How We’ve Served
I’ve served in parish ministry in both paid and volunteer positions for over 35 years in religious education, youth ministry, stewardship, liturgical ministries. I’m on the Magnificat Service Team in our diocese and a lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at our parish. I’m also studying to become a spiritual director.
I started out cleaning the gym at my grammar school, then started answering the phone in the rectory. I was a lector for many years and then served with Deanna in youth ministry. Then one day, while in the chapel, I heard God telling me he wanted me to become a deacon. So I did. That’s the short version, the long version is, well, longer—but in the end I am a deacon. (you can listen to me tell my story here.) Deanna and I both serve on our diocese’s Unbound prayer team.
— Deacon John
Who Inspires Us
My favorite saints are Ignatius of Loyola and Catherine of Siena. I love Ignatius’ way of seeing God in all things and his practicality. Catherine, well she was bossy and outspoken and told people exactly what she thought, besides being deeply committed to Christ especially in the Eucharist.
People who devote their entire lives to preaching the Word and doing God’s good inspire me. John 2:5 reminds me to “Do whatever he tells you.”
— Deacon John
Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Contributor to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion published by Ave Maria Press. I contribute to Catholic Mom and Amazing Catechists.
Fun Facts About Us
Cradle Catholics, went to the same grammar (as the deacon likes to say) school and parish, married for 37 years, parents of 2, grandparents to 3, a deacon for 5 years, Floridians for way longer than we were New Yorkers. Some of our favorite things to do (besides being with our grandchildren): praying together, traveling, discovering new places to walk, going to the beach, drinking craft beer, entertaining and listening to live music. Deacon John also enjoys winning at Scrabble.