Monk’s Corner


Sunday meditations from Greeley, CO

by Deacon Joseph Meilinger,

Your local ersatz Monk

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“The world today lives online,  so that’s where we have to evangelize.”

Deacon Joe, is what they call me. 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 55 years. I have four, practicing Catholic children and 11 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 formation 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 28 years and I love my ministry and all the people I have met through it.

    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.”

One of the most blessed days of my life, when I received a rosary and shook hands with St. John Paul II. After attending his morning Mass we spoke to him about Denver, which he remembered with a smile.

Deacon Joe and Denise after 55 years of marital bliss.

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