|Date of Ordination:||May 12, 2007|
|Current Assignment:||Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Newfield|
Even as a boy, I wanted to serve the Lord. As a child, I was an altar boy from the third grade until high school. I did not have the grades to attend the seminary when I graduated high school so I was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. While in the service, I improved my study skills and after discharge from active duty, I became a nurse anesthetist.
I moved to south Jersey and became active in my parish. I was in charge of the parish food distribution ministry for many years. I became a CCD teacher, then a Lector, then an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. My pastor Rev. John Tumosa suggested I may have a vocation to the Diaconate. I researched it and spoke to Rev. Link who was in charge of Diaconate training at the time. He told me it might be 4 years before the next class would begin. So, I for the next four years attended the Camden Diocese Biblical Institute, which was a wonderful way to learn about the Bible.
I then began Diaconate Formation. It was a wonderful rich experience, I grew in all the knowledge the instructors gave me. Then came the day of my Ordination. What a beautiful experience to dedicate yourself in the service of God and truly pledge yourself before the Bishop, before your family.
My life the last 10 years has been full of blessings. I visit the sick and the dying and bring them hope in their misery. I have met with those preparing for marriage and actually witnessed marriage myself. I have conducted funerals and assisted at funeral Masses, and burials. The best blessings are preparing the children and parents for Baptism and Baptizing the little ones. I have been blessed to serve under remarkable and holy pastors in my time as a Deacon. I look forward to what the Lord has in store for me in the future.