Deacon Mike

From the Deacon

Dear Parishioners,

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

August 2003.

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.

Sincerely,

Deacon Mike