Luke Konantz

LukeKonantzAge: 67 
Wife: Susan 
How long have you been married? 41 years 
Children and grandchildren (if applicable): two adult daughters 
Home Parish: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Grand Junction 
Favorite Saint: St. Francis 
Favorite Type of Prayer: Contemplative 
Favorite Scripture Passage: Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”

 Briefly, describe your journey to this point:
I have lived in five states, worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service for 34 years as a smokejumper and in timber management, fire, recreation, and law enforcement. Susan and I met in 1975 and married in 1976 We lived in small rural communities for 15 years where parishes were 15 to 35 people. We have two wonderful daughters who have grown up and are on their own now. Over the years I have felt a calling to be part of the Church in a more important way. When I retired in 2007, I took the Benedictine spirituality class offered by the Whitewater sisters through Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs. This has helped me to grow in my understanding of God and myself. My wife and I had been talking about the diaconate, and we applied and were accepted in 2009-10, but no classes were offered until 2013.

How did you know God was calling you to the diaconate?
I knew because parishioners kept asking me if I had ever thought about being a deacon, deacon programs kept coming into my life unexpectedly, and my wife and I had talked about a deacon call since 1993. I thought I might be called to do something for the Church, but sorting it out took time since I had family responsibilities and all.

What are you most looking forward to?
Serving the parish I am assigned to.

How has your wife helped you in the formation process?
My wife has supported me through the whole time I was making the decision to start the program. She was there when I needed to talk about class work and spell check my papers. In some ways, she has been more sure about my call to the diaconate than I have been.