Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO - Deacon Joe Meilinger, your local ersatz monk.



The purpose of this website and blog is to spread the Word of God and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as I promised at my ordination as a deacon of that Church.

2nd Sunday of Advent

I am Joseph Herman Robert Meilinger IV. In my youth I studied to be a priest for 6 years. Left the seminary and studied at Loyola University, Chicago, majoring in philosophy with a minor in psychology. Eventually married a wonderful woman, Denise Travers, the mother of my four children, to whom I have been married for 60 years. I have four, practicing Catholic children and 11 grand children, 2 great grand -children who are my pride and joy.

 My great grandfather, grandfather, and father were butchers. I began to learn butchering at the age of 9. So it is not surprising that I made my living in the meat industry. I began with Hygrade Foods, was a buyer for A&P Tea Co, and finished in Colorado as a VP of sales and marketing for Monfort of Colorado for 27 years. After that I went to work for the Church full time.

 When my children became adults I was called back to ministry in the Church. Thanks to Vatican Council II, I was able to take four more years of studies and I was ordained a deacon of the Church in 1989. I am a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. A Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and I have practiced as a deacon for 33 years and I love my ministry and all the people I have met through it. Officially I am a retired deacon, with faculties, as of my 75th birthday, however I continue to participate liturgically at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. A retired deacon has no official parish except the cathedral since he answers only to the Archbishop but he may work in any parish with the pastor’s permission.

 I have dedicated myself to spread the Word of God to all people, thus the reason for this blog. I repeat daily the words the bishop said to me at ordination, as he handed me the Book of Gospels: “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

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