May 25, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Ronald PirauRonald Pirau

  • Age: 49
  • Wife: Linda
  • Home Parish: SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi Parish in Greenwood
  • Occupation: Vice President of Sales and Marketing for LightBound

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

My wife, Linda, is a role model for me in the ministry of presence. Blessed John Paul II is also a role model for me. He was the spiritual leader of our faith for most of my adult life. Deacon Steve Hodges has been a good role model and mentor for me. Father Vincent Lampert is also a role model for me.

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

My favorite Scripture verse is Matthew 11:25-30. My favorite saints are the Blessed Mother and St. Maximilian Kolbe. The rosary and the Little Crown of Mary 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 have had co-workers come to me in dealing with health and family issues. I try to be a good listener, and offer to pray for them. Some are Catholic and some are not, but they know of my involvement in deacon formation and that I am open to minister to them.

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

Throughout my life, I’ve felt a call to serve others, but I could never quite find the right fit of how to do this. In presenting at a Christ Renews His Parish retreat, I first became familiar with the diaconate, and it opened me up to investigating and discerning a call.

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

Over the four years of the formation program, my family and I have come to a good understanding of the time commitment to diaconal ministry, and the need to have a healthy balance with family and personal time. I know it will have an impact once I am ordained, but I think the wisdom of the Church in forming us over four years and the guidance of the Holy Spirit has helped this transition have a minimal impact. †


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