8 Years a Deacon!

June 23, 2020

Today marks the eighth anniversary of my ordination!

Before deacon formation and ordination, I went about my business: I went to work, went to Mass on Sundays, and prayed occasionally. However, I always had a nagging feeling that something else was expected of me. I felt like I was supposed to be doing more with my faith life, more for God.

Since ordination, I go about God’s business: I pray the Liturgy of the hours daily, assist at 2-5 Masses per week, preach regularly, baptize babies, witness marriages, assist at funerals, write a daily blog, visit the sick, work with the homeless…in addition to my paying jobs.


The fact is, since ordination I have never been busier. At the same time, I have never felt more fulfilled. I am more in love with Carol. I am a better father and grandfather (I think). I have a stronger faith. I care more about others. Most importantly, I have better relationship with God and am more open to His love.

Ordination is a gift I do not take for granted. I love being a deacon.

Happy anniversary to my sixteen deacon brothers who were ordained with me on June 23, 2012. Please keep us all in prayer today.

12 thoughts on “8 Years a Deacon!

  1. Love this. Happy Anniversary, Rick! Keeping you and your deacon brothers in my prayers today. Thank you for listening to God’s call and so generously and selflessly sharing your gifts.

  2. A very sincere congratulations Rick. You are in my prayers and I hope I am in yours. From all of us out there—“thank you”. Kim Regan.

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  3. Congratulations Deacon Rick! We are blessed to have you at St. Pius X. Thank you for your service and delightful, inspiring homilies. God bless! Patricia McKay

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  4. Happy Anniversary, Deacon Rick! You are such a blessing to us all. We appreciate and love you and Carol both because behind every good man is a great woman!

  5. Please accept our wishes for a happy and joyful Anniversary! We deeply appreciate your commitment and the joy that radiates from you as you serve Christ by serving us.

  6. Congratulations on your anniversary! I am grateful you answered God’s call. Thank you for your service to us at St. Pius. ✝️🕊

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