Corey T. Compton

CoreyComptonAge: 47
Wife: Louise
How long have you been married? 19 Years
Children and grandchildren (if applicable): Children – Abbey, Nick and Colin 
Home Parish: St. Benedict in Florence
Favorite Saint: I have two – St. Michael the Archangel and St. Alexis
Favorite Type of Prayer: Prayers of intercession 
Favorite Scripture Passage: Joshua 1:9 – “I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”

Briefly, describe your journey to this point: 
Like many of my brothers in formation, I feel that I have been receiving a calling from God for some time. I tried to “ignore” the calling for several years; however, God is persistent and continued to place people in my life that helped guide me toward this point in my life. Once the decision to apply for the diaconate took place, it was through the help and prayers of many people that I have gotten to this point. I have done my best to try to step back and go wherever God has chosen to take me and that seems to be here to the diaconate.

How did you know God was calling you to the diaconate?
I believe that the fact that no matter how hard I tried to run away from the diaconate, it kept coming around was a big sign for me. It isn’t something that I truly saw myself being a part of until I decided to apply and see where God led me. He led me to this point so I feel very comfortable with the thought that God is calling me here.

What are you most looking forward to?
As a whole, I look forward to helping others to seek and develop their relationship with God. More specifically, I like the idea of being able to be part of a person’s journey through the sacraments.

How has your wife helped you in the formation process?
My wife has kept me grounded throughout and has been taking care of pretty much everything else related to our family during my formation process. She has been unbelievably supportive, allowing me to focus on work and studies when I needed to. Other than the Eucharist, Louise is part of the most important sacrament I’ve taken, that being our marriage. No one other than God has been more supportive of me through this process than my wife.