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Week of July 14, 2008
"What's a deacon?" Logan asked his pastor
- WCR photo by Ramon Gonzalez
Don Logan is excited about ordination.
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Donald Logan of Calahoo is ready to begin serving as a deacon in the Edmonton Archdiocese. "I'm excited and a little bit nervous," says the 53-year-old Alberta Learning employee.
"The responsibly I am undertaking is quite extreme in the sense that I'm supposed to be an example (to others). You have to pay more attention to the way you live your life."
But after four years of difficult studies Logan says he is ready to face his new life. "When you begin something new you are rejuvenated, you are re-energized and I feel like that."
Logan, a father of two grown daughters, expects to serve in the Sturgeon region of the Edmonton Archdiocese - which includes the parishes of Villenueve, Calahoo, Riviere Qui Barre and Mearns - where Father Wellington Santana is the pastor.
"I'll be assisting in whatever Father Willington asks me to do whether it's baptisms, weddings or funerals."
Logan's wife Margaret, who attended nearly all of the diaconate program's sessions, is expected to assist the newly ordained deacon. "If I am asked to perform services like baptisms and marriages and even funerals, there will be times when she will be able to help me to prepare for those things."
Born in Vermilion the youngest of six children, Logan was raised in Clandonald where his father operated a grain elevator. "I have always been involved in the Church. We were raised Catholic. I was an altar boy since I was five years old."
Logan attended a Catholic school in the area that was run by nuns and even learned Latin to serve the Mass better.
Later the family moved to Edmonton, where he attended St. Francis of Assisi Junior High for Grade 9 and then Archbishop O'Leary High. In 1975 he married Margaret, a Lutheran who later became Catholic.
Before moving to Calahoo in 1998, the Logans were active members of various Edmonton parishes, including St. John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio - both in the northeast.
Logan first heard about the diaconate in 1992 when Salesian Father Luc Lantagne arrived from Quebec to take over as pastor of St. John Bosco. The first question the priest asked was, "Where is my deacon?"
Logan's obvious response was, "What's a deacon?" which prompted Lantagne to explain the office and the role of a deacon.
"It was an interesting concept to me," Logan recalls. "At the time (Lantagne) organized a group of about eight adult men to be acolytes to assist at the altar and I was one of them. That planted the idea of the permanent diaconate in my head."
Then when Archbishop Thomas Collins introduced the diaconate program to the Sturgeon region, Father Paul Terrio, the pastor at the time, invited Logan to apply.
"It was certainly complimentary that he would think of me for this office. I felt good about that. I was quite thrilled that he would have thought that I might be a candidate."
Ministry of service
That started the process. "I accepted because I felt I was called to the type of ministry of service that the diaconate suggests. It's an opportunity to help people, to help the Church. God's been good to me all of my life and it's an opportunity for me to pay back the blessing that I've received."
Studying for the diaconate proved tough.
"It certainly wasn't easy but the education that I received is invaluable," Logan said. "I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to learn as much as I have been able to learn about our Church and our faith and our history.
"I certainly know a lot more now than I ever knew before."