June 8, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Michael SlingerMichael Slinger

  • Age: 63
  • Wife: Paula
  • Home Parish: Holy Spirit Parish in Indianapolis
  • Occupation: Engineer

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

Some are saints like St. Augustine and St. Damien of Molokai. Others include the late Father Larry Volker, who endured severe health issues, battled his human limitations, and still dedicated himself to serving the poor and promoting social justice. And the many Holy Spirit parishioners who unselfishly give large portions of their time, talent and treasure to the Church.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are John 13:3-17 and Luke 24:13-25. Among my favorite saints are St. Vincent de Paul and St. Peter. My favorite prayers are the Anima Christi and the Lord’s Prayer. My favorite devotions are the Way of the Cross and the rosary.

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

My ministry in the workplace has been informal. Sometimes it is listening and letting people know that I pray for them or their loved ones. Sometimes I share information about the Church or Catholic beliefs in response to their questions or offer a faith-based viewpoint in a discussion. In the future, I expect I will continue to do much the same.

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

When I considered the reasons that I should not pursue becoming a deacon, I heard God saying, “I don’t care about those things. The problems from the past are in the past. The present problems will be managed. The future is mine to give you.” I am certain that he has a plan for me that will unfold as my life continues.

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

Throughout the formation process, our marriage has been strengthened, and I expect the grace responsible for that will continue to increase after ordination. There will likely be times that ministerial obligations will interfere with family gatherings, but these will just as likely be offset by ministerial opportunities within the family.


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