May 6, 2022

Meet our future deacons

Kevin Daily

Kevin DailyAge: 58
Wife: Anna Daily
Home Parish: St. Lawrence Parish, Lawrenceburg
Occupation: Special Deputy, Dearborn County Jail
 

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

My wife and children. They humble me by their faith and understanding what the faith stands for. We have had many discussions as a family about the faith and how to respond to the world coming from the faith.

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

I am inspired by the verse from the Gospel of John, “Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.’ Thomas answered and said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed’” (Jn 20:27-29). The Angelus, Hail Mary and the Prayer to St. Michael are my favorite prayers. My favorite saint is St. Michael, and I have a strong devotion to the rosary.

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?

I have tried to be an example to others at the jail by my actions toward officers and inmates alike, seeing them as what they are: creations of God and deserving of my kindness, respect and love.

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

Since high school I have always felt a nudge to minister in the Church. I realize the deacon is not a substitute for the priesthood, but instead the deacon is to assist the priest. This can be at the altar and through the ministry of charity.

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

My family has embraced the concept of Catholic culture, where your whole life is guided by Catholicism. We made our home a domestic Church. I know that my wife, children, son-in-law, and grandchildren are proud of me; they have seen my growth during this discernment period.

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

The priests need assistance in serving the Church. It reminds me of the early history where the deacon was chosen to go out in the community and serve the needy. The need is still there, and we can be that witness, bringing the peace of Christ to others. †

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