By Emily Sorensen
For Bob Troy, being diagnosed with a virulent mind growth in 2000 was both a time of good fear and trial, though a commencement to a new perspective on life.
A former major colonel in a Marine Corps, as good as a lawyer, Troy was, admittedly, an “apathetic Catholic” before to his illness. But after going by a craniotomy and being told he had 10 months to live, Troy had a change of heart.
Two years after his surgery, Troy approached his clergyman during St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Poway about apropos a deacon. More than only a proffer in a church, apropos a deacon requires endless drill and training.
“This small thing in my conduct pulled me to be a deacon,” pronounced Troy, referring to his mind tumor.
Troy spent 4 years training to turn a deacon, attending weekly classes in theology, probity and Bible study, as good as training in 4 opposite areas of encampment service. He also schooled to attend in Mass, including being an tabernacle server, a reader and a eucharistic minister, who assists with communion. For Troy, a training was both a blessing and a curse.
“I wanted to do this, though we didn’t wish to do this,” pronounced Troy. “That feeling we had was so strong.”
In his second year of training, Troy and his associate students began roving to revisit people in need, including to a prison, a homeless shelter, to Scripps Memorial Hospital and to a vital core for people with HIV and AIDS.
For Troy, visiting a Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego was an eye-opener. “It was a tough place to be,” pronounced Troy, observant that he witnessed many fights in his visits. “I was frightened to be there.”
Troy conducted Bible studies during a prison, vocalization to prisoners, where he also had to learn how to change how he spoke. “Most of a people attending [my Bible studies] didn’t pronounce English,” pronounced Troy, “so we had to learn to change a approach we spoke, to get pivotal issues across.”
He also supposing conversing and scripture recommendation during Brother Benno’s, a nonprofit classification that, among many things, runs a preservation emporium and feeds a hungry.
Troy also spent time during a Fraternity House, a home for group with HIV and AIDS. It was another new knowledge for Troy. “I didn’t have a format to follow,” pronounced Troy of his time visiting a Fraternity House. However, he schooled fast that what a group vital there wanted some-more than anything was a friend.
“It’s about creation a tie with people we don’t customarily correlate with,” pronounced Troy’s wife, Janet.
Troy spent time articulate to a residents, as good as using errands for them, bringing them outward food like pizza and hamburgers, holding them places, and personification cards each Friday. “I don’t know how to play cards,” Troy said.
He also visited Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, bringing communion and visiting a hospice. “It was such an event to be there with those guys,” pronounced Troy.
Currently, he mostly sticks to aiding during St. Gabriel’s, aiding with daily and Sunday Mass, and creation internal visitations to a sick, as he is now traffic with fatigue, that creates volunteering difficult. Still, Troy hopes to lapse to a training he needs to continue his work in prison ministry.
“Everyone always talks about prison ministry, since no one wants to go there,” pronounced Troy, who credits his time in a Marine Corps with giving him a fortify indispensable to understanding with a high confidence and slight compulsory to do prison ministry.
“A deacon is a menial to a church,” pronounced Troy. “I like being a servant. we like holding caring of people.”