May 11, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Thomas HillThomas Hill

  • Age: 52
  • Wife: Judy
  • Home Parish: St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus
  • Occupation: Inside Sales Manager for M A Metal in Edinburgh

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

Judy, my wife, inspires me through her daily living as a Christian witness. Carol, my mother, is the epitome of persistent faith. Fathers Joseph McNally, Robert Sims, Clement Davis and Aaron Pfaff are men of special influence. Benedictine Sisters Rachel Best and Sharon Bierman were key influences for me when I was a grade school student.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are 1 Cor 10:13 and Ps 46:11. I’ve gained a great appreciation through deacon formation for St. Augustine. My favorite prayers are the Serenity Prayer and the Prayer of St. Francis. The Stations of the Cross is my favorite devotion.

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

I don’t “advertise” my journey to ordination in my workplace. But somehow, people learn of my “becoming a minister.” Their interest has involved me in some very interesting conversations, primarily with non-Catholics.

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

God calls all of us to work in his kingdom. I don’t know why God calls me to the permanent diaconate. But I do know that since I have surrendered to his persistence, I have gained a tremendous peace and have received affirmation at the most coincidental moments.

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

Ordination will call my family, my wife, and me to surrender portions of our current lives to serve God’s family. But we also know that we can’t outgive God.


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