May 18, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Steven HouseSteven House

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

My wife is an important role model for me. She is a deeply faith-filled person. Others include Bob Pflieger, Bill Colclasure, deacon candidate Tom Hill, Benedictine Father Bede Cisco, and Fathers Clem Davis and Joseph MacNally.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 51:12 and Luke 1:68-79. Among my favorite prayers is the “Prayer of St. Francis.” And the Stations of the Cross and eucharistic adoration are favorite devotions of mine.

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

I see people in therapy in my work. While I respect my clients fully, I offer my religious faith when appropriate. I feel that I do my work because of God’s desire for us to love one another and to serve each other. I have been enriched by the powerful courage I see daily in my clients.

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

I feel that I was called to the diaconate to do something with my experience and my openness to God. I am unworthy as any other minister will admit but, as St. Paul says, my weakness is my strength.

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

Deacon formation has strengthened the relationship I have with my wife. I intend this to continue. Church has always been a major area of our life together, and the diaconate has expanded and enriched this. My three kids are all married and live out east so it will not impact our relationships that much. However, my daughter and daughter-in-law are both pregnant so I look forward to the opportunity to baptize some babies. That will be special. †


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