Two men ordained to permanent diaconate
The Archdiocese of Omaha welcomed two men to the permanent diaconate Saturday, Aug. 6, at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.
Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained David Bang of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Kevin Fuller of St. Leo the Great Parish, both in Omaha, at a 10 a.m. ceremony.
Ordained to serve, deacons are involved in a variety of ministries across the archdiocese. They also proclaim the Gospel, give homilies, assist the priest at Mass, administer baptism, distribute Communion, witness weddings and preside over funeral and burial services.
The two candidates:
DAVID A. BANG
Parish: St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha
Status: Married 31 years to wife, Diane; two sons
Profession: Data processing manager
Activities/Ministries: Captain for extraordinary minister of holy Communion (EMHC) program; lector; weekly hospital visits; lead monthly Communion service at a nursing home
Wife’s ministries: Captain for EMHC; cooperative oblate with Institute of Apostolic Oblates; co-founder parish food pantry monthly food collections
Call to diaconate: "I had never given the diaconate any real thought before I was invited to learn and pray about it by one of my parish’s current deacons. That was seven years ago, and my journey to ordination has truly been led by the Holy Spirit. It has taken turns that I would and could never have planned, and I have grown in my faith and love of Jesus Christ in ways and in depths that I never had thought possible. My wife, Diane, and I have grown much closer in these past few years of formation. This journey definitely has reinforced that God calls and we need to listen and then do our part!"
Plans after ordination: "The good news is that ordination promises a new chapter of further growth in my faith. I’ll be serving the Body of Christ, which diaconate formation and Deacon (James) Keating have prepared me to do. As I apply my faith in ways that help others, I anticipate that I’ll continue to grow closer to Jesus. I plan to continue to humbly listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. I am truly looking forward to the future as a deacon with Diane."
KEVIN M. FULLER
Parish: St. Leo the Great, Omaha
Status: Married 16 years to wife, Jennifer; two sons, one daughter
Profession: Religion teacher, campus minister, Marian High School, Omaha
Activities/Ministries: Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, Troop 558; volunteer, serving meals, Siena Francis House
Wife’s ministries: Parish music ministry; faith-sharing, planning with Christ Renews His Parish retreats
Call to diaconate: "In the words of Pope Francis, ‘I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ My path to becoming a deacon has been a long and humbling journey. God’s time and plan is usually different than mine and I have to surrender to that realization every day. I started my formation in the Diocese of Grand Island under Bishop (William J.) Dendinger in 2010. When we moved to Omaha in December of 2014 I was not sure if I would even be allowed to continue because there are so many wonderful men and their wives already in formation here. I applied and explained my situation and Archbishop Lucas accepted me into the program."
Plans after ordination: "I am abundantly blessed and look forward to living out the servant ministries of Christ through the Catholic Church as a deacon. My primary ministries will be lived out through my parish, St. Leo the Great, and at Marian High School through campus ministry and teaching religion. I am sure I will have abundant opportunities to do many other ministries as well. Like the Holy Father, my family and I humbly stand before God each day and say, ‘What next?’"