April 14, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Wilfredo de la Rosa

Wilfredo de la Rosa	Age: 53
Wife: Melinda
Home Parish: Holy Angels Parish, Indianapolis
Occupation: Employee of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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

My parents have been my role models in my life of faith because of how they regard other people as children of God. They are always helping others with whatever available resources they have.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Romans 14:7, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself,” and Matthew 23:12, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” My favorite saints are St. Jude Thaddeus, St. Martin de Porres and St. Lorenzo Ruiz. In my prayer, I always try to follow the “ACTS” pattern—adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication. I have a special devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

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 been doing informal evangelization in the workplace by openly discussing what deacons are doing and showing how deacons behave and work. It has been my orientation since I got involved in the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, a Catholic ministry whose advocacy was to bring Jesus Christ to the marketplace.

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

It will inspire the people in my sphere of influence to serve others willingly and joyfully.

How do you hope to serve through your life and ministry as a deacon?

I hope to identify and facilitate the removal of hindrance to the growth of people who are poor spiritually, socially, physically and morally, leading to genuine social justice. †

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