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Brian Feller happy to take next step

By RENEE WEBB, Globe senior reporter
(Email Renee)

It is with a sense of peace that Brian Feller approaches his diaconate ordination.

“I feel like God has brought me and prepared me for this moment,” he said.

Feller and Michael Cronin will be ordained transitional deacons at 10 a.m., June 7, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

This Sibley native and member of St. Andrew Parish is the son of Joe and Jane Feller. His siblings include brother Michael and his wife, Colleen; sister Margaret and her husband, Mawuli Nyaku; and brother, Patrick.

“I am happy to take this next step towards priesthood.  Though I do want to learn to appreciate the ministry of deacon because I will be a deacon the rest of my life,” said the seminarian, whose ordination to the priesthood is planned for next summer.

While he is still their brother and son, Feller said through this ministry he will take on the new role of servant for the people of God.

“Together we will aim to be all that the Father has in store for us,” he said.

Feller explained the deacon, in union with the priests and bishop, is called to preach the Gospel of Christ in his words and deeds, especially by assisting the poor.  

“I would also like to support the laity in their personal vocations of charity and service to each other and those outside of the church,” he said.

Feller said in his new diaconal ministry, he looks forward to baptizing people and assisting the church in her charitable efforts.

He just may be able to put some of his new deacon responsibilities to use this summer when he serves the Catholic parishes in Onawa, Blencoe and Salix. When he goes back to St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver this fall for his final year of study, he will also be assigned a parish and will be able to preach a few times each semester.

Feller pointed out that his time in the seminary has enhanced his faith.

“My seminary training has helped me deepen my relationship with Jesus Christ, without whom I can do nothing,” he said. “Through my prayer, contemplative study, and service in seminary I have become more in love with Jesus and his church. Also, when times get stressful or difficult, he has been with me, always loving me. His presence in the difficult times has increased my confidence in God.”

Reflecting on the significance of the ordination, he acknowledged that he knows the mission is a lot bigger than him and his abilities, but he will do what he can with the help of God.

Since the transitional diaconate sacramentally configures a man to the person of Christ the Servant, Feller explained it is a “natural step toward the priesthood of Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. In the Eucharist, service and sacrifice unite in Christ for the glory of God and the salvation of the world.”

Continuing on this path to priesthood is important to Feller because he said it is the way he has been called by Jesus to follow him as his friend. 

He expressed gratitude to his family, friends and parishioners of his parish cluster, and those throughout the diocese who have supported and prayed for him.

“Most especially, I would like to thank the priests and deacons throughout the diocese who have befriended me, guided me along the way, and led by good example,” said Feller. “Of course, I am grateful to Bishop Nickless for his support and for accepting me as a seminarian and ordaining me.”

Factoids

Books or movies?  The Power and the Glory, Lord of the Ring books,
Favorite prayer?  Our Father
Inside or outside?  On a patio with a breeze and shade
Favorite saint?  St. John Vianney, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta
Cake, pie or ice cream?  Ice cream on top of cake

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