May 30, 2008

Meet our future deacons

Michael EastMichael East

  • Age: 64
  • Spouse: Charlotte
  • Home Parish: St. Ambrose Parish in Seymour
  • Occupation: Retired

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

Besides my parents and grandparents, I consider the many priests and religious brothers and sisters that have been an important part in my education and spiritual growth to be among my best role models.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

The Liturgy of the Hours is a favorite form of prayer for me. With regard to the books of the Bible, I find the Book of Job and the letters of St. Paul to be among my favorites.

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

Being retired, I do not have that opportunity. I work mostly as a volunteer visiting the sick, homebound and imprisoned. I have found that I receive much more from these people than I give.

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

This is a question that I have spent many hours in prayer and discernment about. I have been interested in the diaconate since it was restored following the Second Vatican Council. When it was introduced in the archdiocese, I talked to my pastor and he suggested that I apply. I am still not sure why God is leading me in this direction, but if that is what he wants of me then I’ll be there.

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

As with anything that we devote our lives to, there can be challenges and times when there may be conflicts of time schedules. But I can say my family has been totally behind me in this, and they understand that there may be times when I will not be able to be there for a family function or some other activity because of my ministry. †


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