From the Deacon
As a newly assigned deacon to Precious Blood parish, I would
like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.
My name is Michael Jones. I live in Loogootee with my
wife, Nancy. We have been married 29 years and have two adult
children, Molly and Luke; two grandchildren, Rayden and Mia; and a
son-in-law, Ryan. I also have four sisters, one of whom is
deceased, and two older brothers. I was ordained a deacon in
For the past 15 years I have worked as both a hospital
and hospice chaplain. Prior to that I worked in parish ministry and for
various governmental and not-for-profit entities. But it is
chaplaincy that has defined me. Serving the sick and dying has
taught me much about what it means to be a human being created
in the image and likeness of God. They have taught me that life is
a gift, that it is sacred, and that all human beings are endowed
with great dignity and honor.
Ministering to the spiritual needs of the sick and dying
has been both fulfilling and humbling. It has taught me that, despite
all my formal education and training, I know very little. It
has taught me that I need to travel lightly through life, that less is
more, that I need to hold my beliefs and judgments tentatively.
For the moment I think I have things figured out, the minute I
think I know the mind of God, God surprises and reminds me that
God’s ways are not our ways and that God’s wisdom surpasses
our limited, human understanding.
There are two truths that guide me on my spiritual journey:
God is Love and God is Mystery. These are the two basic
truths that lead me forward and light my path. I have learned that
if I trust, God will take me where I need to go and give me what I
need to become the person I was created to be.
Thank you for accepting me into your parish. I will
strive to be a humble servant.