James Hallman

Date of Ordination: May 4, 2013
Current Assignment: Our Lady of Peace, Williamstown

Each person is so unique, and each person reacts differently to God’s calling. For me God’s voice was gentle, with small signs, but, probably too gentle, as I didn’t pay much attention to it. Then, one Sunday at Church I listened to a homily from a deacon that really penetrated my heart. The following Sunday, I observed another deacon serving Mass, who was just so compassionate to an altar server who felt so bad for having made a huge mistake. On the third consecutive Sunday, I watched the reverence and the heart felt love another deacon had at the altar for our Lord. Three different signs, three successive weeks made me realize this may very well be the direction God is calling me. I said yes!

My diaconate journey began. The studies, the preparation, the practicums, which are all part of diaconate formation helped develop and mold me for the day of ordination. There was an extraordinary camaraderie among my classmates for those five and a half years that exists to this day. Seven of us were ordained on a Saturday by Bishop Sullivan, and on that day, I was in awe with the presence of our Lord as we processed into Incarnation Church.

The journey is never ending. I am so blessed and so fortunate to have said yes to God’s call.