May 4, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Ronald FreyerRonald Freyer

  • Age: 53
  • Wife: Mary Beth
  • Home Parish: St. Louis Parish in Batesville
  • Occupation: Plant Manager for Custom Conveyor Inc.

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

My wife has been a wonderful friend and helper through this process. Her love has guided me thus far. My parents, especially my mom, showed me the way to God. The eight years that I spent at St. Nicholas School in Ripley County gave me guidance from the sisters who taught me and a love of their faith. The priests here at St. Louis Parish have showed me Christ in many ways. The saints have inspired me to trust in God.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, saints, prayers and devotions?

My favorite Scripture verses are Isaiah 40:31, Philippians 4:13 and John 14:61. My favorite saints are St. Francis of Assisi, St. Stephen and St. Joseph. My favorite prayers are the Prayer of St. Francis and the Serenity Prayer. The devotion that I enjoy the most is when we pray after our meal in the evening. We offer a few prayers and some petitions to help each of us to stay focused on what is important.

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

This is something that keeps evolving. I try to listen to everyone when they speak to me. I tell them that my door is open, and if they need to talk that I am here. I treat everyone with respect, and try to do the right thing for them and for my company.

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

My call is a deep feeling that I feel strongly in my heart. I know I am doing the right thing. I am not sure why God is calling me to be a deacon, but time will tell. I hope that I can bring Jesus to all I meet.

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

My family life has been changing since I started this process nearly nine years ago. God has been calling me, and I have been listening to him. I hope that my family will see that God works in all our lives, and we all need to listen. My life is very good, and being ordained is the beginning of the rest of my life in Christ.


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