June 2, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Matthew (Tom) Scarlett

Matthew (Tom) ScarlettAge: 47
Wife: Kathy
Home Parish: St. Mary in Mitchell and St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford
Occupation: Vice President of Sensors Division, Tri Star Engineering

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

Both of my parents are still quite firm and confident in their faith, and give me that enduring foundation on which my journey through the diaconate formation solidly rests. Along with them, my wife constantly shows me how faith in adversity is quiet strength to accomplish anything, a welcome reminder when challenges are great.

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

My favorite Scripture verse is Mt 6:25-34. I pray often to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and find comfort and consolation by offering my prayers up through her intercession.

Deacons often minister, formally or informally, to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that already?

The workplace has been a great ministry for me and continues to challenge me. I have discovered fellow Christians at my secular job that slowly began sharing their journeys of faith over the course of work days. In a time when prayer in the workplace may not be viewed as acceptable for all, a band of Christians have formed to openly share morning prayer as a group to start the workday.

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

We are all called to serve God. Listening for this call can be challenging, and hearing it can be difficult. I try to listen in spite of the noise of daily life and keep putting one foot forward while prayerfully considering this as the direction God is calling me.

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

Over the course of formation, my family has watched my growth into a role of service and accept it as the obvious thing to do. As for my teenage kids, I will still be Dad who likes to help people. †

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