A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE DIOCESE OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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300 Malabar Rd SE, Palm Bay, FL 32907

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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

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Deacon William T. Wanca, Sr., Is originally from Newark, NJ. He attended the University of Nebraska for a short time until he was shipped over to Southeast Asia in 1969. He medically retired from the U.S. Air Force when he was diagnosed with Cancer in 1984. He is married to his wife Rhonda for 42 years.They have two children and four grand children.


Bill and Rhonda are charter members (parishioners) of our Lady of Grace since 1989. During this time they have done many things at the parish. Over the years he have been a Receptionist, Bulletin Editor, Office Manager, Member of the building committees, Minister of Hospitality, Lector (Reader), Eucharist Minister, Minister of the Sick & Hospice Minister.


He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Orlando by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on 6 June 1998. He coordinates and schedules the deacons of the parish. He is a catechist for the Catechumenate process (RCIA), Faith Formation, First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, First responder for funerals, Hospice trained and visits Hospitals. As needed and requested by the pastor presides at Baptisms, Funerals, Weddings and para liturgies. He also presides at the Liturgy of the Word/Communion services as needed.


He also does intakes and paperwork for couples requesting marriage in the church, prepares the Prayers of the Faithful and Penitential Rite for Masses & maintains, order/pickup of supplies for Masses.


He was appointed Director of Port Chaplains for the Apostleship of the Sea, Stella Maris Center, at Port Canaveral by Bishop Norbert Dorsey from May 2000 - Sep 2014 at which time the ministry closed its doors.

Deacon Jack Rhine is married to Karen Rhine has one daughter and three grandchildren. He was ordained on June 1, 2002. He has a B.A. (History & Geography) from San Francisco State University, M.A. (Education) from San Francisco State University, Advanced Study Education from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds the California Teaching Credential K-8.


As part of his work experience he has been Adjunct professor of Information Science, Computer Lab Administrator, San Francisco State University, Instructor, Course Developer, Program/Project/Product Manager, Engineering Manager, Digital Equipment Corporation. He has also been Instructor, non-credit computer courses at Brevard Community College and also a Sole Proprietor in a Computer Sales and Service business.


His interests are Reading, Social Justice, Technology, Music, Travel & Cooking


In the parish Jack assists and preaches at Holy Mass, performs Liturgy of the Word with Communion, Benediction, Wake and funeral services & Weddings outside of Holy Mass.


He also facilitates RCIA Sessions, Adult Catechesis, Presentations, Baptism classes and Mornings of Reflection as requested.


He also serves in the following roles


Spiritual Advisor to Our Lady of Grace, St. Vincent de Paul Conference

Diocesan Representative to East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force

Member of the Faith Alliance Sub-Committee

Spiritual Assistant and Formation Director, Mary, Queen of the Servants Community,

Secular Order Servants of Mary National Council, Secular Order Servants of Mary for which his term expires 2015

Executive Council, Union of the Family of the Servants of Mary (friars, sisters, seculars) for which his term expires 2016.


Deacon Albert Gutierrez was born in Habana, Cuba and speaks English and Spanish.  He has been married to Maritza for the past 44 years, together they have one daughter Amy and two grandchildren Joshua and Mackenzie. Deacon Albert was ordained at St. Mary's Cathedral in Miami, Florida on June 11, 2005.  Since his move to Palm Bay in 2007 he has been serving at Our lady of Grace.

Deacon Kevin Crawford is originally from New York City and attended St. John’s University where he studied psychology. He has degrees in psychology from Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost and Social Work from Stony Brook University. He is married to his wife Tracy for 23 years. They moved to Florida in 1994 and have four children. He has spent most of his career working with young people and their families in runaway shelters, residential treatment and for the past 12 years in schools. He enjoys reading and music. After being active in parish ministry for several years he discerned a call to the diaconate and was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on June 13, 2009.


Deacons

Tom Flavell, originally from Hollywood, FL, but grew up in Findlay, OH.  I graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in Business Management.  I recently received a Masters degree in Theology from Saint Leo University through the diaconate formation program. I was ordained a deacon on June 6, 2015.  I am married to my wife Tracy and together we have three grown children and one grandchild.  I have been employed by the same company for my entire career and currently hold the position of Operations Planning Manager.

I converted to Catholicism at Easter Vigil in 1980.  I married into a Catholic family and converted because I witnessed the love Tracy’s family had for each other and to raise our children in one faith.

My hobbies outside of work and church include golf, bowling, woodworking and cooking.

 I am involved in the following outside the walls ministries. Daily Bread (local soup kitchen) hygiene ministry, Habitat for Humanity (allowing affordable housing for lower income families) and prison ministry.  Visiting the prison to bring communion to the incarcerated is extremely rewarding and appreciated.  These men strive for outside contact and to have Jesus brought to them.  

 I have interest in the following ministries inside the walls of the parish.  RCIA, Knights of Columbus, Ministers of Hospitality, Ministry to the Sick and participating with the liturgy committee.  

 I first became interested in the diaconate in the late 1980’s, but due to job transfers to Florida and Pennsylvania, this calling had to be put on hold.  While I thought God was telling me no in the late 80’s, I have come to realize He was not telling me no, just not now.  Tracy and I have met many other wonderful couples in our class that will be friends for life.  We are looking forward to continuing our ministries as an ordained couple and serving our brothers and sisters of God.


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