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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 27, 1993 Diaconate i Part IX: Exploring the restoration of the permanent diaconate The Married Deacon The vast majority of the men or- dained to the permanent diaconate are married. In either case be a man single or married, he must under- stand fully tile current discipline of the Church, which requires that a married man may not remarry if his wife dies. If married he must be well adjusted in his family life. As an ordained minister of God's people? the deacon is a sacramental sign--standing not apart but among the people of God. If married, he and his wife witness the reality of Christ- ian love which all must live. To- gether they show the community how to live in communion with God and neighbor in everyday life. The role of the wife of a deacon will require a unique relationship in tile contemporary Catholic Church. Formation programs for diaconate have become ever mindful of the place of wives and children of or- dained clergy in a Catholic culture that has never known them. The wife of a deacon can be a true support to her husband's ministry. In being supportive of her husband, she, in a very real way, furthers the work of the universal Church. Truly, such a wife shares in the development of a Christian community centered around her husband's ministry of service, adding her unique gifts of love and understanding. .. his wife and family must not only consent and support his candidacy but must of necessity enter into and become an integral part of his formation for the diaconate. She must recognize the need for growth and openness and therefore must often assess her own growth in commitment to her faith, relationship to her hus- band and others, and striving far those goals which reflect an aware- ness of the continual process of Christian development. When a married man applies for a diaconate formation program, there can be no question concerning the stability of his marriage or the role his wife will play in the total program. The wife of a deacon plays a most significant part in her husband's vocational dis- cernment. The formation program must introduce the wives of the candidates to the importance of their encouragement, endorse- ment and example in helping their husbands create a better world and community. It also should help wives of candidates understand their expectancies, attitudes and prac- tices relative to the major chal- lenges which will face them as i their husbands heed the call of Christ to serve others as deacons. From the above it is quite evident that a married man who do- sires to become a can- didate for the dia- conate must be a person who has demonstrated in his total life relation" ships a basic maturity, stability and psychologi" cal health proportionate to the responsibilities he envisions as a deacon. Also it is more than evident that as he enters into the diaconal farina". tion program, his wife and fa, ily must not only consent and: support his candidacy but must of necessity enter into and be- come an integral part of his formation for the diaconate. Deacon Wilson: Ordination was one of the greatest days of my life Deacon Hubert "Bud" Wilson 2359 E. Tennessee Street Evansville, IN 47711 (812) 477-5050 Profession/occupation: Retired realtor Assignment: Retired, St. Joseph Church, Evansville, and St. Mary's Medical Center. HUBERT WILSON Deacon Hubert and Dorothy Wilson have been married 51 years. He says of his wife, "She attended all classes with me during training. She has been very supportive of my ministry." They have a daughter, Lynda, who is a nurse and a member of the Oblates of Ferdinand. Deacon Wilson was born Sept. 3, 1916, and ordained a deacon June 9, 1984. Describe your ministry as a deacon: I assisted at Mass, and took Holy Communion to shut-ins of the parish. I had baptisms, funer- als and weddings. I worked out of the pastoral office at St. Mary's Hospital a total of 13 years. I visited home shut-ins from 1977 to the present day when called. Describe your most challenging moment as a deacon: I worked for Ohio Valley Hospice. I had 18 patients and I , stayed with them until they died. I stayed with a family who S baby was dead and they were waiting for delivery. Describe your most rewarding moment as deacon: Baptism of five babies on one Sunday. My ordination was one of the greatest days of my life. How do you manage job or career and the demands of the ministry? The job of real estate is time consuming, but most of my classes were at night and weekends. When I was ordained I re- tired and went full time as a deacon. What is it you would most want people to know about the ministry of a permanent deacon? A good spiritual advisor when you need help. The support of your wife and family. When we read it is the Gospel of trio Lord and not our word. People should know this. Most of all we need acceptance by all priests of diocese. Deacon Michael Morris: We need the community's support Michael S. Morris R.R. 1, Box 76B eden, IN. 47562 (812) 636-4804 Profession/occupation: I have worked for the Navy for over 32 years, mostly at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Division at Crane. Presently, I am a Technical Support Agent providing Integrated Logistics Support for surface electronic warfare systems. Assignment: St. Simon Church, Washington Deacon Michael Morris assists divorced men and women wishing to return to full communion in the St. Simon parish community as they seek an annulment and- prepare their case for the Tribunal. He is an RCIA cate- MICHIAEL MORRIS chist and a member of the diocesan RCIA Committee. He assists the parish staff and is an occasional homelist. Deacon Michael and Rose Ann Morris have eight children and one grandson. Brian is mar- ried to the former Tammy Ivey. They have a son, Andrew, and live in Indianapolis. Aaron and Matthew attend Indiana State University, and study elementary education andbusiness admin- istration respectively. Jeremy, Jessica, Suzanne and Paul attend North Daviess Junior and Se- nior High School. Zachary attends Plainville Elementary School. Deacon Morris was born May 28, 1943, and ordained a deacon Sept. 20, 1985. Describe your ministry as a deacon: As an RCIA Catechist, I work with a team sharing life experiences, spiritual moments and the Scriptures to churched and unchurched people seek- ing knowledge about the Catholic faith and possibly becoming members of the Catholic Church. As I assist divorced persons in developing an annulment case or a dissolution of the marriage bond for the Tribunal, I share their pain the represent the church assisting them in healing spirituality as they seek full communion in the church. It is a time of reconciliation as they let go of the past and look to the future and a deeper relationship with Christ and the community. Describe your most challenging moment as a deacon: Every moment of every day is a challenge. You never know when an opportunity to serve your fellow men and women will happen. And sometimes the simplest things are most remem- bered. It may be years or never in this lifetime that you fin d out you have truly helped s0me- one or touched their lives. The challenge is taking the risk to be there or to do something for someone. Describe your most rewarding moment as deacon: The most rewarding moment thus far in my ministry has been on Holy Saturday night when I saw the tears of love itl the eyes of those being received into the Church. Knowing _ that you had some small part in that demonstrated love of 6ou is an awesome experience. How do you manage job or career and the demands of the ministry? The goal is to keep my family first, then the job, and then j ministry. In the real world we all live in, they often get turrl0u around. I just keep trying. At times, they all have priority anU each suffers from some lack of attention at different timeS. What is it you would most want people to know about the ministry of a permanent deacon? Deaconate ministries are as different as snow flakes. Notl0_f,o us are the same nor do we do exactly the same things, yet v each try and serve the people who come to us or whom we reach out to sensing a need in them. As we serve the community it is important that the laity  member we are human. In trying to serve, we may not al vay be successful. We are ordinary people, living ordinary lives. With God's grace and human compassion, we help the core" munity to live a better live, closer to God, as we try to lives our own lives closer to God. Life is not always what is done, but can be what is not d e' Each of us as Christians must struggle to do what we can aU hope and pray we know when to say 'yes' and when to saY 'no.' o We as min' need tl! lsters and members of the commumty ,,ets community's support. Some think of us as cleric, while ou'i& as laity. We are really both at the same time and yet, co:tb . . . .  vj ered nmther by many. Our failures hurt lust hke your. God's race, we try again to do better. Pray for us ....