March 28, 2008

Meet our future deacons

Dr. Arthur AlundayDr. Arthur Alunday

  • Age: 54
  • Spouse: Ana
  • Home Parish: St. Mary Parish in Greensburg
  • Occupation: Physician

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

My mother has been the most prominent role model in the development of my faith and spirituality. She was a woman who truly loved the Lord. From her, I learned how to pray the rosary and other devotions and novenas. But most of all, I observed God’s love through her in how she treated and related to others. I saw how she would offer her trials and tribulations up to the Lord.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

I have a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, St. Jude, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua. I call upon their intercession during my times of need and troubles. But I also offer prayers of thanksgiving for prayers that were answered and blessings received. My favorite Scripture passages are Psalm 25, Psalm 143 and John 1:1-18.

Deacons often minister to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that already, and how do you expect to do that in the future?

My profession as a physician calls me to attend to the health needs and issues of my patients and community. With my growing knowledge of God, the Church and my role as a future permanent deacon, I have become more aware of the spiritual needs and issues of people. I feel that I will be able to address not only the physical ailments, but also recognize and hopefully help with their spiritual ailments and problems.

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

We answer God’s call in different ways. We all have unique strengths, weak-nesses and talents. I have opened myself up to God so that he might utilize me in whatever way he desires. My role as a husband, father, physician and soon-to-be permanent deacon are all for the glory of God by spreading his Word and ministering to his people.

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

Being a deacon will bring new responsibilities and demands on my life and that of my family. I know that it will make my busy life even busier. My wife and family, however, are very supportive and encouraging in this new endeavor and life-changing role. †

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