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The Catholic News & Herald

March

Around the Diocese

8,

2002

Deacons and wives celebrate faith together MARY MARSHALL

By

grows

Mass

nual recommitment

Tim Rohan

Rev. Mr.

Correspondent Bishop William CHARLOTTE G. Curlin presided over the deacons' an-

As

a retiree, he

is

much of his Our Lady of Grace in

able to devote

time to his parish,

Gabriel

at St.

Greensboro, where he finds his ministry

Church March 2. Attending the celebration were 40 deacons and their wives from

brings fullness to his

the Diocese of Charlotte.

'Together

Reflecting

on the

spiritual

"God put

con, Bishop Curlin said,

his

draw

feel

When

lives.

Be what you claim

to be.

emphathem-

In his homily, Bishop Curlin

selves,

know

must care

their ministry

for

and proclaim

their spirituality.

"You owe

it

to

your wives, your

chil-

dren, the church and the deaconate," said

Photo by Mary Marshall

Second, a deacon must

and

"...pray

word with

know

his

work

the liturgy and proclaim the passion," said Bishop Curlin.

Deacons pose with Bishop Curlin at the deacons' annual recommitment Mass at St. Gabriel Church March 2. From left are Rev. Mr. David King, Rev. Mr. Tim Rohan, Bishop William G. Curlin, Rev. Mr. Vincent Shaw and Rev. Mr. Ben Wenning.

"Bring your heart and love of Jesus to the

way you

stand, genuflect,

and hold your

"Being a deacon has strengthened tremendously," said Rev. Mr.

my

Dan

"As

I

work among the

many

My

Hispanics,

goal

hands."

faith

Recognizing the support of a deacon's wife, Bishop Curlin added a bit of humor

Carl from

Rev. Mr. Carl has served as a deacon for 14

become deacons because of the

saying to the wives, "If your husband doesn't put you first in his life, you call me."

years and

ships

He

emphasized, "Wives keep the heart of

Christ alive in their husbands.

You

are the

heart of your husbands' ministries."

Deacons had the opportunity to mingle before the Mass and at a luncheon served in the St Gabriel School cafeteria following the ceremony.

tremendous

spiritual

taken place in their

They

shared the

changes that have and relation-

faith, lives

ships with their wives.

They

cherished the

knowledge gained througb the years of preparation and the influence of the sacrament in their daily lives.

who

in

has

Greens-

straight path."

Andy Cilone of ImmacuConception Church in Forest City was a member of the diocese's first deaconate class 18 years ago. As a cantor, Rev. Mr. Cilone continues to grow in faith as he shares his talents with other Rev. Mr.

Bishop Curlin, referring to the importance of being healthy.

Mary Church

St.

boro for 1 3 years, said his faith has filled his life with appreciation. "The relationship between my wife, Catherine, and I has expanded through my work as a deacon," he said. 'We feel the presence of God is very apparent in our marriage as is his ability to keep us together and on a

to be Christ."

sized that deacons

I

God

Rev. Mr. Vincent Shaw, served at

challenge

I

closer to

children."

Jesus in their

presence? Jesus must be the focus of your

you

said,

share God's ministry as

We

word

our hands. When you realize your life involves performing God's work in this world, then everything changes.

we

through his works. now pray together whereas previously we prayed separately. Through our prayer support, we set an example for our

in

people see you, do they

life.

Rev. Mr. Rohan's wife, Eileen,

of a dea-

life

believes his faith

daily as a result of being a deacon.

in

St.

is

James Church

Concord.

in

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"We're seeing a whole new spectrum who are in need," he said. "My wife, Donna, and I jointly agree that our diaconal presence is prime in addressing of people

Carl added, "Our prayer

has been- strengthened through his as a deacon;

Many

for them.

see their

I

males aspire to relation-

have developed with them." Rev. Mr. Torres said his wife and he understand each other better both spiritually and as human beings as a result of the spirituality that came from being a deacon. "I

I

relate better with

we are very

Rev. Mr. Rafael Torres has served as a

my

children and

beautiful effect

on

my

Center

he

life,"

and they

to others,

in

your own spirituality," he said. "Through family life worshiping together, we have grown spiritually and a greater spiritual involvement with others. We've had two daughters-

have

in-law convert to the Catholic faith and

have

five children,

who

are

all

active in

the church."

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