Richard Allen Madison

RichardMadison150pxAge: 56 
Wife: Mary-Jo 
How long have you been married? 22 years 
Children and grandchildren (if applicable): Daughter - Sarah Michelle 
Home Parish: St. Benedict, Florence F
Favorite Saint: St. Francis of Assisi Favorite 
Type of Prayer: Meditative 
Favorite Scripture Passage: John 14:27

Briefly describe your journey to this point:
The long and winding road; I joined the Catholic Church as an adult. Prior to meeting my wife Mary-Jo, I was drifting through life immersed in the secular culture “dream.” Mary-Jo introduced me to the Church where I felt welcome and at home. Looking back upon my earliest childhood memories to today, I recognize God’s guiding hand in my life and all the blessings I have received. I am thankful for the road I traveled to this point and pray my journey will be helpful to others.

How did you know God was calling you to the diaconate?

Like many others, I ignored and dismissed the call not truly recognizing it. The call was coming from within and the more I ignored it the louder it became. I continued my volunteer work at St. Benedict parish and within our community, never thinking about or considering the diaconate. As the Holy Spirit continued to stir within me and others (clergy and laity) approached me, I surrendered my will to that of God. In doing so, I recognized the call to pursue the diaconate.

What are you most looking forward to?

Sharing the story of my life with as many souls as possible. Sharing how I got to this point - the highs, the lows, and everything in-between. Working with clergy, religious, and the laity all across our diocese (and beyond) in bringing Jesus Christ to all we encounter. In bringing the truth found in Sacred Scripture and the Catholic Church as the way to happiness in our earthly world and the path that leads us to eternal life in the heavenly Jerusalem.

How has your wife helped you in the formation process? 
In saying “yes,” and standing by my side. I could not have done this without Mary-Jo’s love and support. The demands of study could have been overwhelming had it not been for Mary-Jo walking this journey with me. Her love and support created a peaceful and calming atmosphere in our home that was and continues to be invaluable in what was needed to get to this point and moving forward.