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Deacon Jubilees - November 2017

The Northern Cross - November 2017
Deacon Jubilees
15 Years

Deacon David Brown

Deacon David Brown was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by Bishop Dennis Schnurr on Nov. 24, 2002 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Brown has served in the parishes of St. Francis in Brainerd, St. Andrew in Brainerd, St. Mathias in Fort Ripley, All Saints in Baxter, and St. Thomas of the Pines in Pine Beach.

Deacon Brown and his wife Barbara have three daughters. He is retired and lives in Brainerd.

Deacon Richard Johnston

Deacon Richard Johnston was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth on Nov. 24, 2002 by Bishop Dennis Schnurr at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Johnston and his wife Ann live in Pengilly. His parents are Edward and Myrn Johnston. He attended Grand Rapids middle and high school, received a bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s University in Winona and his master’s degree from the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

Deacon Johnston has served in three clustered parishes; St. Mary in Keewatin, St. Kevin in Pengilly, and St. Cecilia in Nashwauk. He currently serves the clustered parishes of St. Cecilia and Mary Immaculate in Coleraine. Deacon Johnston is presently serving on the Diocesan Catholic Relief Service grant committee. He also serves as fulltime chaplain for Guardian Angels Nursing Home in Hibbing, Heritage Manor in Chisholm, and has made profession as a Third Order Carmelite.

Deacon Thomas Kubat

Deacon Thomas Kubat was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth on Nov. 24, 2002 by Bishop Dennis Schnurr at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Kubat and his wife Becky have been married for 40 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. He is a self-employed carpenter.

During his ministry at the parish level he has been a CCD and confirmation teacher for 35 years as well as instructing in the parish RCIA classes. For the Diocese of Duluth he has served on the deacon council. Deacon Kubat has served as a deacon for St. Philip Church in Saginaw and St. Rose Church in Proctor. He is currently serving St. Rose Church and St. Raphael’s Church in Duluth.

Deacon Kubat and his wife are grateful for the many blessings they’ve received during his ministry.

Deacon Timothy Kittelson

Deacon Timothy Kittelson was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by Bishop Dennis Schnurr on Nov. 24, 2002 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Kittelson and his wife Patti have been married 37 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren. He is the son of Theodore and Donna Kittelson and is the middle child of six siblings. Though born in Chicago, he grew up in Dallas, Wis., population 477.

Deacon Kittelson has served at Holy Family Church in Duluth since his ordination. He was executive director for the Valley Youth Center for 26 years, and the branch director of the Dave Goldberg Family and Lincoln Park Boys and Girls Club for seven years. Hobbies he enjoys include photography and videography with drones.

Deacon Ray Sampson

Deacon Ray Sampson was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth on Nov. 24, 2002 by Bishop Dennis Schnurr at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Sampson has been married to his wife Susan for 50 years. Their marriage blessed them with two children and eight grandchildren.

Deacon Sampson served as a deacon at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing for 15 years and as the senior chaplain at Guardian Angels Nursing Home in Hibbing for five years. For 20 years he was a member of the diocesan safe environment committee. He retired in 2017.