March 31, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Joseph Beauchamp

Joseph Beauchamp	Age: 56
Wife: Shelly
Home Parish: St. Ann Parish in Indianapolis
Occupation: Mechanical Engineering Manager

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

My parents, grandmother, parish priests, parish staff and lay ministers.

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

My favorite Scripture passage is Philippians 2:4-14 (St. Paul’s plea to the Philippians for unity and humility, and for obedience and service to the world). My favorite saints are St. Joseph, St. Anthony, St. Jude and St. Michael. My favorite prayers or devotions are the Memorare, Angelus, eucharistic adoration 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?

In the role of manager, I am often sought out for my opinion or advice related to secular issues and problems. It is a natural extension that sometimes the dialogue with others becomes a pastoral and spiritually enriching moment. It never ceases to amaze me how often and in how many different ways God puts people with spiritual and/or physical need in my path.

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

He and I have had a lot of “discussions” about this. He never ceases affirming me in my service to others. He continues to put a longing in my heart to serve him in this role. I feel a wonderful peace inside whenever I contemplate my response to his call to the permanent diaconate.

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

Ordination will extend what has happened during the past four years of formation: strengthen my personal faith, my marriage and my family relationships. I also believe it will continue to have a positive effect on the people I encounter. †

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