I recently moved to North Carolina from New Jersey, where I was born and raised. I grew up in a small town called Clementon. Shortly after graduating from high school I enlisted in the Air Force, where I served for four years. I returned home in 1970. I met my now wife Rose, and we were married in 1972. She was also raised in New Jersey.
In 1978, I entered the Diaconate Formation, and was ordained a Permanent deacon on October 5, 1981. One week later we were blessed with our son Matthew, whom we adopted through Catholic Charities. Then 20 months later, we were blessed again, when our daughter Jeannine was born. We had a very full and rewarding life raising our children. Like any family, we had our good times as well as bad, happy times as well as sad, and made wonderful memories along the way.
Sadly our son passed away in 2012. We miss him every day, but we know that he is sharing eternal life with Jesus, and that we will be with him again. Our faith in God is what helps us through our grief journey.
Our daughter is now married and we have been blessed with two grandchildren – Olivia Rose who is 6, and Robert Matteo who is 3. Last year our daughter made the decision to move to North Carolina. Since my wife and I are both retired, it was a very easy decision for us to make the move as well. We are still learning our way around the area (with the help of GPS) and we are enjoying this new phase of our life.
I look forward to serving the Parish Family of St Ann’s.
Prayerfully Yours, Deacon Ken