May 18, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Thomas HornThomas Horn

  • Age: 52
  • Wife: Mary Virginia
  • Home Parish: St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis
  • Occupation: Religious studies teacher at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis

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

It certainly all begins with my parents and has been actively fostered by my uncle, Father Earl Simone. My spiritual director, Father Stephen Banet, has also become an integral part of spiritual and faith development.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Proverbs 3:5 and Psalm 51:12-17. My favorite prayer is the Act of Contrition. And my favorite devotion is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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

My students certainly haven’t waited for my ordination to challenge my knowledge of Church tradition and Church beliefs. Each day, I am tested. While I certainly do not have all the answers to all the questions, I do find confidence and comfort in contemplating the teachings of sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition as communicated by the magisterium and our Church Fathers. I’d hate to have to come up with those answers on my own.

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

The more time I spend in prayer, the more I am aware of the power and presence of Christ each day. Consequently, the more I am aware of Christ, the more I seek God and want to pray. Through daily conversations with our Lord and the support of my spiritual director, fellow parishioners, friends and family, my call to the diaconate continues to be affirmed.

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

I am truly humbled to have been called to a life of discipleship, and I appreciate the support and encouragement of the St. Mark parishioners, my pastor, the parish staff as well as my students, and so many of my friends and family. †


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