Recently I was informed by Bishop Sullivan that we will have another permanent deacon assigned to our parish, beginning October 1, 2015. Deacon Steven Theis and his wife Mary will be a wonderful addition to our St. Joseph family and I feel blessed now to have two deacons on our staff.
I asked Deacon Steve to write something for this bulletin to that I may introduce him and his family to our parish:
Mary and I are married 20 years. We have 2 boys, Christopher (17) and Nicholas (16). They attend St. Augustine Prep where Chris is a Senior and Nick is a Junior.
I was ordained on May 21, 2011 by Bishop Galante and assigned to the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit in Mullica Hill, NJ. In 2012, I took a job in Kansas City, MO and we moved in June. I was assigned to the largest Parish in the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese. St. Therese located in Parkville, MO is a vibrant and exciting Parish with just over 3,400 families. We returned to Ocean City in June of this year and I work for Public Service Electric & Gas as a health and safety professional specializing in occupational psychology.
I am a two time cancer survivor. My first battle was Stage IV head and neck cancer and my second diagnosis was less severe as Stage II thyroid cancer. I understand all too well what it means to be bloodied and beaten at the foot of the Cross, scared and praying for mercy. Since that time of dealing with the treatments and recovery of cancer, I have been actively involved with many people affected by this disease. I am extremely humbled to walk with those on their journey fighting this horrible disease while they try to save their life.
I look forward to getting acquainted. Please know that you are in my prayers. Please keep my family and me in yours. God Bless.
Needless to say, Deacon Steve desires to spend some of the time of his deaconate ministry helping at the local hospital. He will also be able to preach and assist at Mass (primarily during our weekend Masses), baptize, visit the sick, and perform any of the other tasks that a deacon is able to do within a parish. I know that you will welcome him as you have already welcomed Deacon Bob Oliver and his wife Shirley.
As the Church continues to face the varied challenges that lie ahead of us, I am glad to have the assistance of another permanent deacon to assist at our parish. My sincere thanks go to Bishop Sullivan for giving me this opportunity to work with both Deacon Steve and Deacon Bob.
Please pray for all of us that we may continue to bring Christ to all the people that we serve.
Fr. Ed Namiotka