May 19, 2017

Meet our future deacons

John McShea

John McSheaAge: 63
Wife: Regina
Home Parish: St. Monica Parish, Indianapolis
Occupation: Telecommunications Information Technology

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

Pope Francis, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Thomas Merton, and my father are role models in my faith life. I am also inspired by the priests, deacons and religious of our archdiocese and my classmates, the deacon candidates of the class of 2017.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Jn 1:1-5; Rom 8:38-39 and Ps 23. My favorite saints are the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul.

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 a deacon candidate, I have had the opportunity to lead several reflections at work, sometimes in front of hundreds of associates. I have been asked to lead prayers at wedding receptions and funeral wakes. I am honored to be a witness in faith.

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

In Luke 10:2, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” God is calling me to be a deacon to love and serve him and the people through the Church.

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

I have a strong desire to serve others in the body of Christ. It brings me joy to serve. It will be an honor to baptize, witness marriages and lead funeral services as a deacon. It will also be an honor to provide council and guidance to others. †

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