Candy and Jay Krueger

On September 17, 2016 we met for our first class of fifth and final year of Diaconate formation at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks. Next week we will return to Alemany High School in Mission Hills

Today was our first class day with Deacon Memo and his wife Liliana. One of our summer homework assignments was to complete the Strength Finder or Living your Strengths to find out what your top five strengths are. Candy had completed the questionnaire and attended Living Your Strength workshop offered at Holy Family Church a number of years ago, Jay also completed the workshop and found that he had two strengths in common with Candy, which is unusual for married a couple.  (Please click here to read all of our experiences of the bi-monthly  Deacon formation classes)

So each one of us grabbed a large post-it (the 2 by 4 foot size) and wrote our strengths in order along with our name. We then returned to the classroom and posted them on the walls. Then we each went through our strengths and explained what part of the explanation applied the most to us.

The next activity was wonderful! We each took a marker and added another “strengths” or gifts that we felt the individual had. Candy and Jay would like to share their strengths from both “Living your Strengths” as well as those added by their classmates, all positive and up lifting.

For Candy from “Living your Strengths”: Adaptability, Includer, Maximizer, Developer and Empathy. From classmates: Nurturing, Best Hugger, Insightful, Relatable, Enabler (in a good way), Helpful, Wonderful, Good Cooker, Amazing, Motherly, Lovely, Warm, Reliable, Concern, Unconditional Thoughtful and Intellection.

For Jay from “Living your Strengths”: Connectedness, Empathy, Developer, Positivity, and Belief. From Classmates: Sensitive, Intelligent, Innocent, Generous, Thoughtful, Gentle, Warm, Thoughtful, Compassion, Loving, Adaptable, Funny, Energetic, and Friendly.

While we had time during the summer to meet with some class members, once again being together, sharing stories of summer trips, family’s adventures and the coming year re-connected the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Formation Class, looking forward to the events of this final year. It will be an adventure.

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

If you would like to attend a Diaconate Information day, please attend the following:

Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. John Chrysostom Parish, 546 E. Florence Ave. Inglewood, CA 90301.

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 213-637-7383

Candy & Jay Krueger, Diaconate Formation, Year V,
Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA

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