Like in all good things in life…they go by fast when you are enjoying them! When I was first told the diaconate formation program would take five years, I thought I would never get done. A brother Deacon gave me a major moment of clarity. This “program” is a life long walk. The first five years are only part of that walk, not an ends to a mean.
I always admired my brother deacons. I do so even more now. My closest friends tell me that because of my many faults, my five year program will actually take me ten years to complete! Actually, the first year is one of discernment. Its called the year of aspirancy. After the first two semesters the aspirant applies for formal candidacy. If approved, the candidacy takes the next three years. After that, the archbishop has to accept the candidate as an ordinant; this final year gets you prepared for ordination.
My wife has been and will continue to be a partner in this walk. Throughout this process the archbishop stays in constant contact with my life partner. We were told from the first step that she is my closest and best advisor. I have also been blessed by a wonderful spiritual advisor: Father Damian Flanagan. We also chose a deacon couple to mentor us throughout this process: Deacon and Mrs. Raul Flores. Deacon Roberto Fleitas and his wife Nancy, continue to be an inspiration to Maxine and I throughout this process….
I know the Lord will rain blessings on us throughout this process. I also understand the Evil one will do all possible to keep me from getting closer to my Lord. Even though there are and will continue to be trials, at the end of the process, the Lord will always prevail.
One of my major goals, that my prayer is focused on, is on bringing some of my Emmaus and Knight brothers to this walk as future deacons. There are many willing and few are called. But I am confidant those few called will be part of my wonderful Emmaus and Knight community. I hope my calling can be an inspiration to my brothers and their families to step up their service to the Lord.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me….I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now can see…..Keep my family and me in your prayers….
Your Brother in Christ; Vivat Jesus!