Our last class was held on June 3rd at St. Louis of France in La Puente and completed our five years of Diaconate formation. (Please click here to read all of our experiences of the five-year bi-monthly Deacon formation classes)
During this class we evaluated the entire year. What went well with the class as well as possible improvements. Topics included our practicums, our last retreat, time management and others. Each couple met privately Deacon Memo, our facilitator to receive his comments about each of us and possible areas for improvement. Our formation, prior to ordination was declared complete.
There will be ongoing formation after ordination. We will meet for three hours, once a quarter over the next three years.
After the completion of our last formation class, we didn’t feel how we thought we would. It seemed very anti-climactic. We were trying to figure out what had happened? What did we miss?
The answer came on Sunday. With blessings from the community, congratulations, and promises of prayers, it all became clear. For the answer was not about us and completing five years of formation. The answer is the community we will be serving as a Deacon Couple. We are members of the wonderful community of Holy Family in South Pasadena. The focus now turns from formation to the real work, that of our community, those who are homeless, the sick and homebound, those who grieve, those who are incarcerated, and those who have no voice, to help those who struggle. The real work is to bring the light of the Savior to those who dwell on the margins, to encourage the community to be an active participant in the good works of Jesus by working as a united front.
There is nothing we can not accomplish when we work together.
Thank you, members of Holy Family Church, for lifting up our spirits, for your gracious and heart filled support, prayers and enthusiasm. This journey would not have been possible without the support and prayers, each prayer has given us strength, and every kind word had lifted our spirits and fortified our resolution. We continue to pray for vocations and that the Holy Spirit will continue to grace our community with the spirit of service, to call others to think and discern about the Permanent Diaconate, to open hearts, minds and spirits to the possibilities.
Our journey as a Deacon Couple starts this Saturday with ordination of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton class.
Please remember those in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Diaconate class in your prayers we approach Ordination.
And our Diaconate Journey continues…
If you have any questions about what we have experienced in the diaconate (aka “that deacon thing”), please ask us or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a Deacon or a Deacon Couple for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please contact:
Diaconate Formation Office Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241
Upcoming Diaconate Information Days:
Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Dominic Savio Parish, 13400 Bellflower Blvd. Bellflower, 90706
Candy & Jay Krueger, Diaconate Formation, Year V,
Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA