May 11, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Timothy HarteTimothy Harte

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

My devout Catholic dad and my equally devout Protestant mom, both of whom lived saintly lives and provided the environment to know right from wrong. The Benedictine Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Monastery in Ferdinand, Ind., where I attended college for three years. And finally, my equally devout Protestant wife, who’s knowledge of the Bible challenged me and my beliefs.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Mt 10:8, Wis 3:1-6, 9 and Jn 6:22 ff. My favorite saint is St. Michael the Archangel. I wore his likeness around my neck for 34 years as a police officer. I also admire St. Francis of Assisi.

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

Prior to my retirement in 2006, I had occasions to minister informally to others. As a servant to others, I will continue to be available to provide whatever ministering and referring that may arise.

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

As I approached my retirement in 2006, I starting reviewing my career and realized that I owed God so much for allowing me that 34-year career as a public servant. I wanted to repay—not a good word as one can never repay God—for his love and graces, and felt that being a servant was my call. What better way could I be that than through the Church as a deacon?

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

All three of my grown children have been supportive of me, and understanding when I’ve missed a birthday party or had to change the date of a get-together [because of the deacon program]. My wife has been totally supportive from day one. In fact, she keeps reminding me “Now when you become a deacon you will have to … .”

 

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