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What’s to say about me? Well, I’m 85 years old, retired and a widower. My wife Marianne died and went to heaven on Aug. 9th, 2013. I was born in Manhattan (New York Hospital) but lived my childhood in Astoria, Queens. My wife lived one block away but we never met until I was about 21 years old. I enlisted in the US Navy in 1954 and served aboard 2 Aircraft Carriers, the Bennington and the Leyte. After 3 and a half years I was discharged and I worked in many different jobs. My favorite job was as a motorcycle courier for the local TV News Stations WNEW and U.P.I. I got paid to do something I loved, riding a Harley!
I met my wife through her cousin and we married and had 6 children; 2 were still-born. We now have 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! Most of them are living in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.

After 4 years of training, on April 25th, 198,7 I was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Brooklyn and served in four parishes until 2002, when we relocated to Florida. Mainly because we couldn’t afford to live in NYC and for my wife’s health, she needed a home of her own. She had ‘end stage kidney failure’ and was expected to go on dialysis. Our daughter helped us buy the condo and answered my prayers that we could have our own home. Blessed be God forever!

Last March (2012) Marianne had a congested heart attack and almost died. The doctors at Florida Hospital saved her life! In May we relocated back North to be near our 10 grandchildren and are enjoying the cold weather :-)

I no longer work a part-time job and it’s tough to pay for my wife’s medical expenses (the medications and doctor visits). I miss New York with all the excitement and places to go. And the beautiful churches! I also love the Old Latin Mass. My new parish is 5 minutes away from where we live and I’m able to get to daily Mass. I help out at the parish a little assisting at Mass, funerals, Wakes and burials.

Marianne, my spouse of 52 years has gone to the Lord! On August 9th, after 3 weeks in the hospital, after suffering a stroke and a series of cardiac arrests, she was placed in a hospice for one day. We buried her on August 14, 2013, at Queen of Peace cemetery. Her long illness and suffering is over and now she is in peace.  I’m sure Marianne is in heaven praying for us! She was a good Catholic woman, who did a lot for the unborn since the very beginning of the Pro-Life cause. She went to the March For Life every year, dragging our kids, and me along. She also went on bus trips to Albany, New York, to speak with our legislators about being pro-life and ending abortion. Marianne did many other “Good Works” for the Lord and helped many people in her charity. I miss her and will be so happy to join her in heaven when it’s my time!!! May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace+

6 Comment(s)

  1. Mariella Hunt

    May 18, 2014 at 12:50 am

    You are inspiring and I love your blog. God Bless! 🙂

  2. Bro. Francis Gregory of Jesus

    October 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Dear Bro. John Can I place the story of the three doves of Fatima in my Pilgrim Virgin of Pagadian Committee facebook page?, because I believe people has the right to know the miracles of Our Lady of Fatima continues up to this days.

  3. Nandarani33

    June 13, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Written when tired but want to write. I was born possibly in the same hospital – if it doesn’t exist now! (the one I was born in does not exist now).

    Are you comfortable within Vatican II. I was born protestant and definitely am not – it was more Catholic in the Episcopal Church the way it was at the time I was raised in it… than in Our Lady of Peace here in Honolulu. High altar abandoned; female servers offering a chalice near a presider’s chair (!) – Interesting to read you enjoyed the cold weather after leaving Florida. I am researching for a move for the sacraments wanting to assist at some church that is using liturgy from before 1952. I came here because of and a search for the Chaplet of the Precious Blood. I can’t tell whether you created the chaplet you give, nor exactly how to fit the prayers into the rosary structure because I see the pattern includes 12 prayers, instead of 10. If everyone else can do it, it must be me.

    • deaconjohn1987

      June 13, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Hi Friend, New York Hospital is still there on York Ave in New York City! As a Deacon, I’m a product of Vatican II. I am very happy that the Church restored the Holy Diaconate. Reading Acts of the Apostles, you will see that the Apostles ordained 7 men to serve as deacons, even before they ordained priests! As far as a traditional Liturgy is concerned, it depends on where you will move but there are Latin Masses said all over the Country! God bless+
      Deacon John

  4. Kami

    July 20, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Just stumbled on your blog and I love it already. Keep it up

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