April 27, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Michael BraunMichael Braun

Who are the important role models in your life of faith?

The lifelong faithfulness of my mom has always been a fine example for me. The holiness and commitment to ministry of many friends who are priests has been influential in my life of faith.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

Ephesians 4:29 inspires and challenges me as I strive to live the Christian life: “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.” Lectio Divina and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are my favorite devotions.

Deacons often minister to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that already, and what do you anticipate doing in the future?

In the workplace, I have had the opportunity to share my faith and support co-workers during times of joy and times of sadness. Supporting and being present to others are ways that I can contribute to encouraging unity in the workplace and building up the Body of Christ.

Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?

While attending a Cursillo weekend retreat during the spring of 2003, I felt a strong sense of calling to serve in the Church. Soon thereafter, I received two invitations—one from a priest friend and another from a deacon friend—to consider becoming a deacon. The experience of ministering to others during the formation process has brought me a sense of fulfillment that affirms God’s call to public ministry in the Church.

How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?

God will continue to bless our marriage and our family as he has done throughout the formation process. I believe my wife and I will experience new opportunities to witness and serve in ways that we couldn’t have imagined. It will be challenging, yet I am confident that God will provide the graces I need to live the vocations of marriage and diaconal ministry to the fullest.

 

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