Jay and Candy Krueger have been parishioners at Holy Family since 1988. They have three children; Missy, Jayson and Sara, and one grandchild, Scarlett. Their youngest received her first communion at Holy Family Church and all three children were confirmed at Holy Family and were members of the youth ministry and youth choir. The Kruegers have been involved in a number of different ministries since their arrival at Holy Family. Candy completed the RCIA program on Holy Saturday, 1995. They continue to be active in various ministries both inside and outside of the parish. (Please scroll down to read our experience of the bi-weekly Deacon formation classes).
How the journey to the Diaconate all began, someone asked….
In 2010, we were at a good friend’s home having dinner. After dinner, one of our friends said ‘Jay, you do a lot of good things at your parish, have you ever thought about being a deacon?’ The friend had a deacon in his parish and had been asked to think about the diaconate himself. Candy and I thought about it, prayed about it, and talked about it. After about six months, we decided to look into the diaconate process including contacting Frank Ponnet.
In January of 2011, Candy asked me if I had seen the information in the vocation section of the bulletin. It was about a diaconate information meeting. It was the first such notice we remembered seeing in the bulletin, a sign that this might be something that God wanted us to pursue. We then met with Cambria to see if there was a need for a deacon couple at Holy Family. She said “Yes!” so we decided to attend the formation meeting. As we began the application process, after an introduction by Cambria, we also met with those who lead ministries in which many Deacon Couples are typically involved including; Worship, Community Services, Restorative Justice, and Pastoral Care. We also met with Fr. Jose.
The application process was lengthy, involved and we completed it in the fall of 2011. Then we waited. And waited….
On May 28th, 2012, on the eve of Pentecost, we received the letter saying that we had been accepted into the program. At the end of our first year, the Aspirancy Year, our class received their name, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first Saint from the United States.
In September of 2012 we started the five-year Diaconate Formation Program to become a deacon couple. Ordination for the Elizabeth Ann Seton class will occur in June of 2017.
What is the role of a Deacon Couple?
The role of a Deacon Couple is that of Service. Deacon Couples are not “super volunteers” nor “priests-lite” (although Deacons themselves are ordained). They serve the Word through; reading the Gospel and Prayers of the Faithful at Mass, taking communion to the homebound and living the Word in everyday Society. They serve at the Altar through; assisting at Mass, witnessing marriages, baptizing and presiding at funerals. They serve through charity by; helping the poor, the homeless, those who grieve, those in prison and by being the voice of those who live on the margins of their community.
Jay and Candy’s experience
As part of the Krueger’s journey through the Diaconate formation process, they have been “sharing” their experience with their fellow-parishioners. You can follow along with them by reading their regular blog postings (posted below by date of class).
If you have any questions about the Diaconate, please ask us or send us an e-mail , Jay and Candy Krueger
If you are interested in becoming a Deacon or a Deacon Couple for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please contact:
Or, Attend a Deacon information day!