Parishioner Rick DiGiorgio was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church on December 1, 2018 by Bishop Robert J. Baker, STD at The Cathedral of Saint Paul. Everyone is invited to a welcome reception for Rick after the 8:30 am Mass on December 9 in Deasy Hall. Please come and meet our new deacon!
“I credit my parents for my exposure to the faith, especially my mother,” said Rick. “As the eldest of eight children, I learned early about the importance of family and trusting in God.” He was encouraged by his late father some 20 years ago to become a deacon. Finally, the time was “right” and Rick entered our diocese’s diaconate formation program. He said, “I am grateful to Fr. Fallon for inviting me and to Bishop Baker for approving me to serve at Prince of Peace. I still have much to learn about being a deacon which will come with much trial and error. I beg for your patience and your prayers.”
Rick and wife Therese have two children and three grandchildren. Before moving over to Prince of Peace, they belonged to St. Peter the Apostle parish for 40 years. There, he chaired the spirituality commission for 20 years, was involved with small group formation since 1986, and co-chaired the parish “Renew 2000” effort. Rick was also involved with men’s faith formation and spirituality at St. Peter’s with the: First Friday men’s fellowship group, organizing men’s retreats, and he’s currently facilitating a men’s Lectio Divina group. Here, he has joined the men’s monthly Sunday Bible study. Rick has also completed master’s level theology classes through Spring Hill College.
A graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Rick is a partner in the Birmingham law firm of Cory Watson. He has been on the board of advisors for Catholic Family Services for six years and was the first president of the St. Thomas More Society of Metro Birmingham, a Catholic lawyer’s group. He also facilitates the annual diocesan Red Mass and is a member of the National Catholic Lawyers Association.