June 1, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Jeffrey PowellJeffrey Powell

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

My mother has always been so faith-filled, and made sure I was raised in the Church. Sadie is my spiritual guide and companion. And many priests and religious have influenced me, including Bishop Paul D. Etienne; Fathers Kent Biergans, Jim Sweeney, Larry Voelker, Eric Augenstein; Franciscan Fathers Tom Smith and John Elmer; Conventual Franciscn Brother Angelo Catania; Franciscan Sister Agnes Wilhelm; and Benedictine Sister Karen Byerley.

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

My favorite Scripture verse is Philippians 1:20-21. My favorite saints are St. Francis of Assisi, St. Lawrence and St. Joseph. Among my favorite prayers are Thomas Merton’s prayer for discernment, the Liturgy of the Hours and the Prayer of St. Francis.

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 several opportunities to minister to others in the workplace, and I would expect that to continue. However, the future is in the Lord’s hands. I hope and pray to minister wherever he leads me.

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

I seemed to have always had a longing to serve, and always knew God had something else in mind for me. Once I discerned to become a deacon, I have felt a peace and a sense of purpose that is difficult to put into words. I am certain that I am now where God wants me to be.

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

I know that my call to serve will bring on challenges and conflicts. My family has already begun to understand that my time will not always be my own. Adjustment and sacrifice are simply part of the bargain. However, I know my family, friends and co-workers know that many blessings will come along as well! †


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