Joseph Lopes

Date of Ordination: March 15, 1997
Current Assignment: Church of the Incarnation, Mantua

My Journey to becoming a deacon began many years ago as a small child. I remember being captivated by the beauty, solemnity and mystery of the Mass. The Grace I received at Baptism, the prayers I learned at home, as well as the examples given to me by my parents, grandparents and siblings helped to form me and to root me in my faith.

During my high school and college years Faith took a back seat to the typical attractions of a young person trying to be accepted by his peers. Mass, however and the Sacraments were still important for me. They provided boundaries that kept my behavior in check and a place of refuge in difficult times, but I didn’t reflect on them very much or the Grace I received through them. It wasn’t until I was married with children that I began longing to answer questions that troubled me. What kind of plan, if any, did God have in mind for me?

In my struggle to understand, I turned to my Faith more vigorously and attended mass daily. I prayed earnestly to God for help and he answered my prayers. Through a series of events, that unfolded in our lives, my wife and I both became very involved with our parish and the broader Catholic Community. As a result we both became more deeply in touch with our spiritual calling. Over the years of parish involvement, friends who were priests and deacons, invited me to consider diaconate life, but I was hesitant.

With encouragement from my wife and The Holy Spirit, I made the decision to apply. I am incredibly grateful to our Lord for making possible what I thought was impossible. I have never looked back except to say Thank You Lord!