I really would like to hear from permanent Deacons.
I am a convert of over some 5 years, originally agnostic with a heavy family background in the Southern Baptist Church. I can fight the NKJV with the best of them (^_^) (funny though when the Mormons stop by and I pull out a Catholic Bible about midway thru the conversation - although they’ve been trained to counter the Catholic faith (heavy Catholic population where I live) - and do a good job until I ask them to pin down the “great apostasy” made a copy of the apostolic succession of the Pope that we use in RCIA, the guy said he had no idea we could trace the succession like that!) , about middle age, 4 younger children and a wonderful wife of close to 25 years (even if we don’t agree on everything, I’m blessed to have her!).
I rejoined my Parish’ s RCIA team as a core member the year following my conversion and had been involved with that ministry since; and have undertaken teaching within the Parish Religious Education program the last year. These along with the other normal stewardship, lector, usher, I could stand in as an alter server (might look like a first year though (^_^) ; however, I’ve helped to train my daughter to serve and will my sons when they are old enough).
So yes I’m new to the faith in one sense and, I think, starting to get a fairly good grasp on at least the pillars of the Church (they hold the roof up ( :rotfl: ). I am fairly close friends with one of the oldest Deacons in the parish and he was instrumental to my conversion. We’ve talked many times about where I am in my faith and where I want to go… There are a lot of, personal revelations that occurred during and after my conversion. I wont say miracles… I just think that God took the time to answer a few prayers. Deacon and I have discussed these, along with Fr. and they seem to think that I should consider becoming a Deacon.
For me, this is a HUGE step… and of course, even if I were to call and start the ball rolling this very second, in my Diocese its a minimum of 5 years thru the program; thus, certainly not a rash/hasty step either. Honestly, I’m not really sure that I am or would be worthy of such a role within the Church. I see the way my friend is as a Deacon, very calm, very kind, very gentile. I’ve seen him upset with people, and he doesn’t lose his temper… he just smiles, and answers in a very calm way, never stays angry, people that are angry - are calmer with him, people in sorrow seem to gain strength from him … everyone I know that knows him for more than 10 seconds admires him… there’s a peace within him that feeds that peace I felt within myself that Easter Morning… I know that I would like to bring that to other people and I do believe that our Lord has given him that gift, in both who he is as a person and what he is as a Deacon.
Knowing that my wife would be very involved,. I’ve already asked her… she says that she’ll back me 100% if this is the role I want to pursue - the children would be 12ish and the oldest almost out of high-school by the time I could be ordained.
so the question I have for the Deacons out there, what was your motivation? How did you decide that the Diaconate was part of your vocation?