Deacon profile: David Montgomery

Dcn. Montgomery

Spouse: Michelle (married 24 years)
Children: Lindsay, Sean, Quinn. Grandchildren: Kade, Averi
Parish: St. Mary, Oxford, and St. Peter, Cosgrove
Date and place of ordination: June 8, 2002, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.
Occupation: Director of Communication and Director of the Diaconate, Diocese of Davenport
Why did you become a deacon?
Being a deacon is not like hiring for a job.  It is a call to a lifelong vocation after discernment by the applicant and the Church.  There is a saying in formation that ordination to the diaconate is recognizing the deacon already in the person who is living a life of service to God.
What ministries are you involved in?
I have worked in RCIA and hospital ministries.  My focus now is in social action concerns by leading youth mission trips to David, Ky., and to the National Catholic Youth Conferences with my wife, Michelle, who is a certified youth minister. We completed the two-year youth ministry certification program together in 1992.
 Outside of parish:
I am one of five liturgical emcees for the bishop.  I am also one of two deacons who travel with the bishop for diocesan liturgies.
 What are your challenges?
Bringing the Gospel of Christ to a world that sometimes doesn’t want to be open to God’s word and action due to conflicting priorities and perspectives.
 Favorite Scripture passage:
“The centurion said in reply, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.’” – Matthew 8:8
This passage reminds us of faith in the healing power of Christ that is not dependent on our worthiness or our sight.

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