Three men from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano are studying to become deacons. They are James Lonick, Mark Fuller and Todd Raether.
After being accepted in the program, they must complete a minimum of five years of study in scriptural, theological and pastoral ministry courses. The courses fit into their personal schedule, so it could take longer.
As ordained deacons they will be able to baptize, witness marriages, assist at Mass at the altar, proclaim the Gospel, preach a homily and preside at funerals.
Lonick and his wife, Debbie, have three children and two grandchildren. He is a financial consultant for Thrivent Financial.
Fuller and his wife, Patty, have three children. He is a social worker at Maehnowesekiyah.
Raether and his wife, Mary, have four children. He is a partner in Sovereign Financial Group.
Q When and why did you decide to become a deacon?