Our Dear Brothers and Sisters at Mount Carmel,
We believe that some of our parishioners may have wondered if Deacon David and his wife Carol are okay—we haven’t seen them in a long time. Yes, we are feeling alright because we have confidence in our physicians, medicine that is effective and treatments that will continue to help us. However, based on our physicians’ recommendations, it is time for us to step back in active diaconate ministry. We will certainly miss our prayer community and your joyful smiles.
Deacon David and Carol Loman
And so the story began…
Deacon Dave’s journey to the Diaconate began September 17, 1975…
David, a semi-practicing Jew, went on a couples’ retreat with his wife, Carol. “I was tricked into going!” he says with a laugh. It was during the retreat that he had a transformative experience with Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. A priest asked him, “Do you believe that the Eucharist is Jesus?” to which he replied, “I know it.” “We believe in signs, the Jewish people,” David says. “And signs kept showing us the path.” His curiosity of Christianity led him to be baptized and confirmed a Catholic. He committed to lectoring and serving as a Eucharistic Minister. David would visit hospitals, senior care centers and the homebound sharing the love of Christ. David was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Newark on May 16, 1992. “It is a ministry of charity, the Diaconate,” he says. He serves two churches: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the other, with barbed wire and electric fencing all around it. Deacon Dave has worked continuously in prisons so he was a perfect choice when a former archbishop asked him to become the Director of Prison Ministry from 1997-1998.
Thank you Deacon Dave and Carol!