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I am a deacon of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Tulsa, a husband, a father, and a Catholic school administrator.


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A family of faith

July 3, 2017


We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday celebrating with the parish community of St. Mark's in Pryor, OK, the local church of my wife's family. The visiting celebrant, Fr. John Kovalcin, whom I met for the first time, is an amazingly gracious and joyful retired priest who made this Mass of Thanksgiving a most blessed and memorable event for my whole family. Making the day even more special was the fact it was our 12th wedding anniversary!


A quick story about the crucifix hanging in the sanctuary at St. Mark's that exemplifies the deep roots that my wife's family has at St. Mark's: The wood of this cross came from a cypress tree growing on land owned by extended family in Mississippi, and it was crafted in the shop of one of April's great-uncles at the hands of several of her relatives. They even hung it in the sanctuary themselves -- not an easy task as you'll see from the picture!


I had the privilege of preaching the homily there, which I've added to my homilies page.

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