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14 April 1, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC DEACON APPRECIATION www.upcatholic.org DEACON ROBERT KOSTKA From all of us at St. Agnes & St. Cecilia Deacon Bob, Thank you for your faithful witness and willingness to serve. May God Bless you for all eternity. Deacons Tom Foye, Dean Jackson, Jack Leadbetter, Louie Londo, and Don Thoren We thank you for serving as "Icons of Christ the Servant" at our Cathedral parish and beyond! Your humble, generous service is deeply appreciated. God bless you and your families always! In His mercy, Msgr. Michael, Fr. Dominic, Parish Staff & Parishioners of St. Peter Cathedral & St. Mary Mission SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) Stop in for some great First Communion Gifts! Thank you to all our Diocesan Deacons for your Spirit-filled service! But we're also called by the bishop to serve on committees. We offer counseling for marriag- es or children or annulments or AA programs. I don't know how many hours you have to put in preparing to preach at a funeral or marriage. Deacons are busy people." Father Mupparathara, in regards to Deacon Art, added, "He truly lives his vocation, and we are blessed. I can truly say that when a person sees Deacon Art, they see and experience Christ in service to them. It is not only what he does, but who he is, that is significant. He is a blessing to me, to the Keweenaw Catholic Community and to the whole community in general." For anyone thinking about entering the ministry, Deacon Art advises talking to a parish priest, other deacons and their wives. "It's a big commitment. You can't turn off the phone or tell people you don't have time for them. You're ordained for life. Look at what you're doing now, and if God is calling you to do more, pursue it," he said. The diocese has a structure in place to train deacons. The first year is a guid- ed discernment period which involves attending talks, watching videos, psy- chological testing, interviews, obtain- ing letters of recommendation from priests and parishioners. "The Church does and should take this seriously," Deacon Art said. Deacon Art said he and Beth met with a group of 12 candidates from three different areas of the U.P. Of those, eight or nine have continued in training. For more information on becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Marquette, contact Deacon Jack Leadbetter, diocesan director of permanent diaconate, at jleadbetter@ diocesefomarquette.org or at the diocesan offices at 800-562-9745, ext. 103. STANCHER: A calling to the diaconate FROM PAGE 13 Deacon Art Stancher More than 40 men serve the diocese as deacons PHOTO COURTESY OF DEACON STEVE GUALDONI Over 25 deacons from the Diocese of Marquette gathered together this past fall for the biannual deacon con- ference held in Marquette. Currently, the Diocese of Marquette has 42 deacons serving in parishes across the Upper Peninsula. Find us on facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/ theupcatholic

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