April 28, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Martin Ignacio

Martin IgnacioAge: 53
Wife: Avigay
Home Parish: St. Mary Parish, New Albany
Occupation: Occupational Safety and Health Manager

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

St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are John 15:15 and Psalm 86:11. My favorite prayers are the Our Father and the rosary.

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

I would like to keep encouraging people to go to the Eucharist. I work with a lot of Hispanics who don’t frequently go to Mass. I would also love to have an interfaith Bible study. I have talked to a couple of people, and they seemed interested in participating.

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

I think God is calling me to serve his people in the Hispanic community. There is so much to do in this growing community. I think God sees the need to take his people to the sacraments more than anything. There are many couples who live together and aren’t married. This is not a good example for their kids.

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

It has already impacted my life and family by bringing us together. We have more patience and understanding with each other. We spend more time together and enjoy the things our family members like.

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

I hope I can help the poor. The poor in spirit can get lost so easily in this world where people have become so materialistic. I hope I can serve in this area and in social justice. †

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