June 8, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Frank RobertsFrank Roberts

  • Age: 72
  • Wife: Joyce
  • Home Parish: St. Andrew Parish in the Richmond Catholic Community
  • Occupation: Retired

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

The many priests and sisters who taught and guided me through my formative years at St. Andrew School. The monks of Saint Meinrad in the time that I spent there in the minor seminary as a youth. Father Todd Riebe, my pastor for the last 17 years, who has encouraged me and been so very supportive of my efforts, a man I truly consider to be a saint. My wonderful wife—she gives so much and asks for so little.

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

My favorite Scripture verse is Luke 24:13-25. My favorite saint is St. Paul. Among my favorite prayers are the Liturgy of the Hours and the rosary. And I value meeting Jesus face to face in the sacrifice of the Mass and in Benediction.

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

As I am retired, I don’t have a formal workplace any longer so my ministry is mostly to the folks in assisted living and nursing home facilities that we visit regularly. I hope to broaden my involvement in the ministry of charity, word and liturgy in my home parishes in Richmond and in St. Bridget of Ireland Parish in Liberty, where I am assigned for my training.

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

I don’t know why. I just know that there was, and continues to be, an unrelenting urge in my soul to pursue this calling. I know that God has a plan for me. I just don’t fully know what it is. But I do know that he will make it very clear and very soon.

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

There is no doubt that there will be a major impact on our home life. There will be times when our schedules will have to be adjusted to meet the needs of this calling. My wife and I accept that fact, and we will try our very best to meet the demands of the ministry. †


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