May 12, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Anthony Lewis

Anthony LewisAge: 43
Wife: Angie
Home Parish: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Fortville
Occupation: Production Support Manager

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

My mom has always had a strong faith and has been a great example for me. My wife, Angie, is a model of patience and faith. Deacon Frank Klauder has also been a great role model and mentor for me.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Ps 23, Lk 8:11-15 and Jn 21:15-19. My favorite saint is St. Benedict. My favorite prayer is the Liturgy of the Hours.

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?

As my co-workers have learned that I was going through deacon formation, they have come to me with questions about the Church, or to discuss an issue they are facing. I try to be present to each of them and minister to them as well as I can.

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

I have always had a desire to serve. For a long time, I felt that God was calling me to do more. I had been thinking and praying about the diaconate for a while, when Angie told me one day that I should consider it. Once I started discerning it, I felt a sense of peace. I know this is where God wants me to be.

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

This journey has brought my wife and I closer together. My family has supported and encouraged my calling throughout formation. Balancing family and ministry will be challenging at times, but I know that I have the love and support of my family. †

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