I read Deacon Greg’s blog article yesterday – “Where Do Deacons Come From?” – in which he quoted Deacon Bill as saying “that the diaconate will only become fully accepted as a vocation when young people say, “When I grow up I want to be a deacon.”
I wanted to let you know that God willing, I will become a Deacon next June because I said “When I grow up I want to be a deacon.” My childhood parish received one of the Deacons ordained in the first class for the Diocese of Worcester. He was a friend of the family and I truly admired him. Because of his example, I finally entered diaconate formation myself in 2008 – thirty years after he was ordained. I would be surprised if I am the first inspired by the childhood example of the diaconate. I am certain I will not be the last.
God bless you, Brian — and thank you! You’ll be in many prayers. I hope you’ll keep us posted.