June 9, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Kenneth Smith

Kenneth SmithAge: 65
Wife: Carol
Home Parish: St. Paul Parish, Tell City,
Occupation: Director of Perry County Recycling Management District

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

My wife Carol has been a great role model for me. Her love and guidance through this process, as well as our marriage, have been an inspiration. My parents were also role models in valuing their Catholic faith enough to sacrifice to provide 12 years of Catholic education for each of their eight children.

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

My favorite Scripture passage is 1 Cor 13:4-8, 11-13. St. Jude and St. Peter are my favorite saints. Among my favorite prayers are the Lord’s Prayer and the Liturgy of the Hours. My favorite devotion would have to be the rosary.

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

I work in a small office with only two women. I listen to their concerns and offer to pray for them. Since both of these women are not Catholic, they often ask about the teachings and beliefs of the Church. I always enjoy answering their questions.

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

I have always enjoyed helping people, and I have had a strong commitment to serve God through the Church since my youth. Throughout most of my life, I felt God was calling me to a deeper commitment. After attending a Cursillo weekend and becoming acquainted with several permanent deacons, I felt drawn to the diaconate.

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

I am already seeing an impact in my marriage. Although my wife and I have always shared our faith journey throughout our marriage, we have grown even closer since formation began. †

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