Reflecting on the diaconate’s impact on immediate and extended families

By Deacon Tom and Karen Sink
Special to The Witness

I (Deacon Tom) grew up on the east side of Waterloo just four blocks south of St. Mary Church and School. St. Mary’s church and school were both in the same building; we didn’t have to go outside to go to Mass, practice singing for Mass, go to reconciliation, change classrooms or to use the gym — or get called to the principal’s office!

I was the oldest of 11 – six sisters and four brothers. Most of us eventually had the same teachers through the years, and they got to know us pretty well.

One of the young Franciscan associates dubbed us the “Litany of the Sinks.” I prayed that the church would forgive the use of the pun on the Litany of the Saints.

In a big family you learn to help each other. That attitude had taken hold in our family as we grew up and spread wider than just our family.

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