They played an April fools joke but in August! When I arrived they had opened the letter from the archdiocese and read me aloud my acceptance to the diaconate program! Once I got over my daughter not being hurt, I was ecstatic about the acceptance! As I explained in my most recent blog, this is a calling I have felt for most of my adult life. My wife Maxine also decided to make a big commitment to her faith by agreeing to join the Archdiocese Adult Lay Ministry Program. This will help us both continue to grow in our faith and as a couple. Both my daughters, Cami and Isa are very happy for me as well.
I know this new path will be challenging – but also know the many blessings that will flow. I have been blessed with a wonderful prayer community. My Emmaus brothers, fellow Knights and the couples of the marriage encounters have all been a source of inspiration for me. Their prayers have strengthened me and will continue to do so. I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of my mentors Deacon Flores and Deacon Fleitas. They too have been inspirational examples of Catholic men. My pastor, Father Michael Davis, wrote a beautiful recommendation letter for me and I hope to make him proud as well…..
I start on Saturday, September 13th. Stay tuned as I update my blog while I go through this wonderful new challenge!