Dear parish family of St. Mary,
It is with great humility and joy that I place myself at the service of our beautiful Catholic faith as a soon to be ordained permanent deacon called to serve in the vineyard of the Lord. From the start of my diaconate formation five years ago I placed all my hopes, fears and expectations at the foot of the cross, asking Our Lady to walk with me on my journey.
A journey of faith which began as an eighth grader being attracted to the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood, I began to tell God my plans. It is said that if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans. Thirty plus years later I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife and four little ones with one on the way, never realizing I would move from Chicago to DeKalb. This is where Our Lord has called me to serve: to serve humbly in His vineyard as a theology teacher and campus minister at Aurora Central Catholic, to serve my parish family and to serve and fulfill my vocation as a husband and father!
I read recently that a deacon’s most important homily to be preached is the example of his daily life - forming, reforming, informing, transforming the hearts of the people through the light of the Gospel. As a deacon I am called to believe what I read, teach what I believe and practice what I teach, in order to animate the works of charity among God’s people. I invite all of my parish family of St. Mary to accompany me on this journey of servanthood to do the same and to give glory to God! I am grateful to all those who have helped me along my diaconate formation, Msgr. Schwartz, Fr. Wasilewski, Fr. Parker, Fr. Russell, and all of you for your continued prayers. Let us continue to support, pray and love one another as Christ our Master loves each one of us!
Humbly in Jesus and Mary,