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The Deacon: An Unexpected Life

The Deacon: An Unexpected Life

by Thomas Fargnoli


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We often end up living an "unexpected" life. Yet through it, glimmers of hope, faith, love and peace find their way through.

After being married for forty years and serving the Catholic Church as a deacon for the last five years, leaving the diaconate was the last thing on my mind.

Life was good - wife, home, children, grandchildren, health, retirement and an amazing ministry. Never did I expect to be a suicide survivor. Grieving the loss of my wife was difficult enough, but with suicide, the grieving process was much more intense. Being a deacon in the Catholic Church intensified that process even more.

The Catholic Church made it clear. I could not stay a deacon and pursue another loving relationship that could lead to marriage. I was aware of the rule, but after two years of discernment, I couldn't seem to make a decision. This battle put me into the hospital for open-heart surgery. Finally, with God's help, I made my decision.

Rick, a local reporter, wanted to interview me with regard to my diaconate experience and how I came to that decision. Rick turned out to be more than a reporter. This is my story. Through it, I hope glimmers of hope, faith, love and peace find their way through your clouds as well.

Proceeds go to Suicide Awareness.

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ISBN-13: 9781952320576
Publisher: Yorkshire Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2020
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 510,615
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Tom Fargnoli and his wife, Dorothy, live in Clarksboro, New Jersey. They met later in life after they lost their spouses. They truly feel that God and their late spouses brought them together.
Tom is a retired systems engineer, a magician, a teacher and an ex-deacon in the Catholic Church.

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