Deacon Bob converted from Protestantism when he was 26 years old, due to the living faith that he observed from his wife’s family. He often says, “Thank you, Lord for that grace.”
Deacon Bob spent his career in two complementary fields; 18 years in research and development field and then as an educator for 21 years (retiring in 2001). He received a BAE in education from ASU and a MAPM in pastoral ministry from USF. When he and his family moved to Phoenix in 1971, Saint Thomas was their parish and the pastor wrote a letter for him to enter into the permanent diaconate. On May 25, 1974, he was ordained a deacon by Bishop McCarthy, our first bishop of Phoenix.
Deacon Bob’s first assignment was at Saint Agnes Parish. In 1977 he was then assigned to a mission of Saint Philip the Deacon, where he feels he really learned what the ministry of the deacon was, “…..feeding, clothing, and even teaching not only about God, but how to sweep His floor in the church and home.” Deacon Bob and the other 2 brothers along with their families served that community for 13 years.
In 1990 – 2001, Deacon Bob was assigned to Saint Paul’s Parish. In 2001 thru 2003, he ministered at St. Joseph’s Hospital; 2003 to 2007 he was reassigned to Saint Agnes; 2009 – 2015 he served at Corpus Christi Parish until his assignment here at Saint Thomas his home Parish. Deacon Bob reflects, “A deacon is one of service in any way that the Lord’s gifts and grace leads him.” Deacon Bob has been happily married for almost 56 years to a beautiful woman named Nancy. They have 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
If it seems as though God could be calling you to serve Him as a Permanent Deacon, please let us know! Please call the parish office and make an appointment with Father Steve or find more information at www.dphx.org/deacons.