Meet the deacon who’s a “truck stop chaplain”

A deacon in St. Louis describes his unusual “ministry of presence” in this video, below.  Read more about it here.


  1. Decon Norb says:

    Reminds me of the ministry of deacon-colleague who died maybe 15 or so years ago. He was a salesman who travelled by car some 35,000 miles a year. First name was John.

    You guessed it — his CB “handle” was “John The Baptizer” !

  2. I wish you many more years of ministry Deacon!

  3. It is always amazing where our Priests and Deacon’s will show up. Ad Multos Annos.

    NB: Maybe Deacon Greg you should have a series on unusual places where they minister.

  4. Dcn Tom and Cindy Moseley says:

    the Kingdom of God is at hand!!! How beautiful is that!! Keep it up brothers!!

  5. Charles L.Garris says:

    Three months ago, I purchased a pkg. of plastic Catholic I.D. cards from: Catholic I.D., Div. of Hyperdo Media, Steubenville, OH 43952. (877-224-3198) The pkg. of 25 was about $37.50 and I began giving them to my Catholic friends in singles or multiples as the need arose. In 2-3 weeks, I needed to purchase additional cards. On several occasions, a friend would review the card and hand it back explaining they were ‘not currently active in the church’. I politely took the card back without saying much, but silently said a prayer for my friend(s). One friend, who had refused the card earlier, later requested a card for a relative. I guess this could be considered a “ministry of presence”.

  6. Jim Rellihan says:

    So glad the Church is present among the truckers. What a beautiful ministry you have! Hope your example catches on among your fellow deacons across the world. May St. Raphael, the Archangel, and St. Christopher, protectors of travelers, intercede for you in your ministry to truckers. Keep on truckin’ for Christ, Deacon Richard. My prayers are with you.

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