Douglas Crawford

Date of Ordination: 2005
Current Assignment: Retired

As a child, I knew that my parents loved me just for who I was.

One Sunday at mass, at about age seven, I asked who was on the altar. I was told the priest’s name and that “he had given himself to God.” Time passed.

Years later, my wife and I knew that our sacrament of marriage included God. Susan also introduced me to Thomas Merton which further facilitated conversations about God’s presence in life. Our minds open to Grace; we started our family and became involved in the church.

One evening, we met the priest from the past.We developed a relationship while I was completing doctoral studies and beginning a professional practice. Father referred people as I began to have additional relationships with other priest, one of whom with I co-authored a book on healing and met Mother Teresa, who, similar to the two priests, had also given herself to God.

One day after mass, the priest of my boyhood, said, “I think it would be a good thing for you to be a deacon.” Other clergy, family and friends supported the grace I had already received, so I decided to trust what was provided in the midst of all that was happening.

Everyone has been invited to be a vehicle of God’s love, God’s Being, God’s Grace that builds on nature. The invitation is the journey. I am grateful.