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BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC The diocesan office of the permanent diaconate has recently welcomed a new, but familiar face as its new director. Deacon Thomas Moseley began his director role in August, succeeding Deacon Jack Leadbetter, who had held the position since 2013. Deacon Moseley was ordained to the di- aconate in 2004 by Bishop James Garland, a vocation that began as a simple invitation. We were out to dinner with Father Dennis Borca, and all of a sudden, he turned to me and said, 'I think you should become a dea- con.' And, I laughed at him, as he was always joking around. He told me he was serious and to go home and pray about it. Deacon Moseley said he wrestled with God about it. At a funeral a little later, Father Borca came and sat next to me, asking if I had prayed about what he had asked me. It was then Deacon Moseley surrendered to God saying, Okay, Lord, if this is what you want, then tell me through my wife Cindy. The deal was, he wouldn't say a word to Cin- dy about this. Sometime went by and on the day their son's Confirmation and first Communion, Deacon Moseley got his answer. We were taking a walk and all of a sud- den she turned to me and said, 'I think you should become a deacon.' I knew that by hearing it through her, that it truly was a calling from God. Deacon Moseley and his wife Cindy have been married for 36 years, and recognize that the role of a deacon includes the entire fami- ly, not just the husband. It's critical for the deacon and his wife to understand this ministry is shared and that the wife's role in this is as important as the deacon's role, stated Deacon Moseley. Many times you'll notice your spouse saying something that isn't necessarily coming from them, it's more than them, it's from the Holy Spirit. There has to be balance with the time you give to the Church because your marriage and your family comes first, and you have to always be listening to that. Deacon Moseley explained that the communication between the couple is especially important in the role as a deacon. You always have to be listen- ing to what is my spouse saying to me? Am I doing too much? Maybe she's telling me to do more. He added that the dynamic of being one is essential and The ministry is a part of both spouses. I couldn't be doing this unless she was doing what she's doing right now. Prior to making the move to Marquette, the Moseley's lived in Munising, where they raised their son, Thomas III. Deacon Moseley worked at the county health department for 28 years, as a sanitarian. Cindy, a native of Munising had worked as a teacher's aide for 38 years. When the Moseley's received the invitation to move to Marquette, they were surprised. We both had our jobs and we would have to leave those jobs. On the drive home that day, 10 November 17, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Deacon Moseley begins service as director of the diaconate SEE DIACONATE, PAGE 11 Now boarding! Attention tour companies, hotel chains, airlines, and others in the travel industry! Book your space now for the U.P. Catholic Newspaper's Travel Issue. Contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com or 906-863-7460 COURTESY PHOTO Cindy and Deacon Thomas Moseley with Father Gregory Heikkala, following the couple's first weekend of ministry at St. Christopher Parish in Marquette. This summer, Deacon Moseley began serving as the director of the permanent diaconate, as well as pastoral associate of St. Christopher Parish. Prayer to be disciples and missionaries Lord you left your Mother in our midst that she might accompany us. May she take care of us and protect us on our journey, in our hearts, in our faith. May she make us disciples like herself, missionaries like herself. May she teach us to go out onto the streets. May she teach us to step outside ourselves . . . May she, by her meekness, by her peace, show us the way.

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