May 13, 2022

Meet our future deacons

Mark Henry

Mark HenryName: Mark Henry
Age: 65
Wife: Brenda
Home Parish: St. Joan of Arc Parish in Indianapolis
Occupation: Retired Mechanical Engineer

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

I have respect for all priests, but there are two in the archdiocese I have great respect for. I think they would be embarrassed if mentioned by name. The other role model is St. Pope John Paul II.

Not only was he a great thinker and holy man, he taught us how to deal with the crosses God sends us. John Paul was quoted as saying, “One cannot come off the cross.” It was recently pointed out to me to see our struggles as a gift where we are given an opportunity to share in the suffering of Jesus.

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

My favorite Scripture verses are Micah 6:8 and 2 Cor 12:8-10.

As for favorite saints, I can relate to the personalities of Peter and Paul, but my favorite saint is Maximilian Kolbe. My father and uncle served in World War II.

As I learned more about the war, it was men like Maximilian that showed the good side of humanity cannot be destroyed and will ultimately triumph.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Way of the Cross are my favorite prayer and devotion.

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?

When I was in the workplace, I was fortunate to have some colleagues who were devout Christians. We would discuss Scripture on many occasions, especially during travel. As I took on different roles, many opportunities arose to share in the lives of others. Going forward as a deacon, we are hearing the word “accompaniment” and being present to the extent possible. I expect there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that in the future.

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

In the story of Abraham and Isaac, God asks to see if you would say “yes,” but sometimes doesn’t really want you to do something. God also speaks through others. It was through the suggestions of others and listening attentively to homilies and talks by my previous pastor that got me looking into it. There have been several obstacles, notwithstanding COVID-19. Then almost immediately in the moment, something or someone inevitably gave me pause to reconsider.

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

It will definitely alter what I thought my retirement plans were going to be. I will have to balance ministry and family and that may be difficult at times. I have an understanding wife, and that is a blessing.

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

I hope to be fortunate enough to baptize infants. Everything begins with baptism, and in this sacrament we are fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. I also will like to take the Eucharist to those who are not able to get out. †

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