Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve. (Matt 20:28).
Hello!! May the peace of Christ be with one and all!! My name is Terry Jancik and while those at Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids are familiar with my journey, I have been invited to share a little of my story with the rest of our ACC.
I am a newly ordained Permanent Deacon of the Saint Cloud Diocese as of this weekend and I look forward to meeting all of you as our parishes come together to form our Area Catholic Community.
I have been married to my wife Barb for over 32 years and together we have 5 beautiful children (Abby, who started her together with her husband Jake in 2017, Michael who will be starting a new life with his fiancée Stephanie in December of 2021, Eric, Theresa and Isaiah) and 1 beautiful grandchild Norah who is Jake and Abby’s daughter. Our family has been members of Sacred Heart parish since shortly after we moved to Sauk Rapids in 1994. admired the Priests that would frequently visit our home. I thought very deeply at that time of becoming a Priest. But as I grew older, I knew that God was calling me to be both a husband and a father. So, I put my vocational calling on a shelf but God was not done calling me.
I was approached by Deacon Joe Kresky after Mass one Saturday night around 2012 and was asked if I had ever considered becoming a Deacon. That is when I really began to discern my calling to the Permanent Diaconate and began asking other people (whose opinions I respected) if they saw the gifts in me to be a good Deacon and the answer was always “Yes”.
I applied and was accepted into the program on January 17th, 2020. Three days before I turned 50. The BEST birthday present ever!! I started classes that following fall at Saint John’s and completed the necessary coursework in May.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you and serving the parishes of our ACC with great passion and humility.
May God bless you and your families!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC