Ticonderoga Faith. Family. Friends.
That’s the formula for a good life, according to Elliott Shaw.
“The three Fs will get you where you need to go,” Shaw said. “Throughout my studies I was always taught God is at the center of all life, but we need to remember our commitments to family and friends. There should never be any question about priorities — its faith, family, friends.”
Shaw celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Catholic deacon Oct. 1. A life-long Ticonderoga resident, Shaw serves St. Mary’s Church in Ti. He was served seven different pastors in his tenure.
“It’s been a good run,” Shaw said. “It was a very good decision to become a deacon. I’ve really enjoyed my work and all the people I’ve met.”
Shaw, a member of the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus, will be honored at a breakfast at the Knights following the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, Oct. 20.
Following five years of training, Shaw was ordained a deacon Oct. 1, 1988.
Deacons assist priests by visiting the sick, teaching the faith, counseling couples and individuals, working on parish committees and councils, and giving advice to the pastor. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion and preach the homily.
Deacons, like priests and bishops, are considered members of the clergy in the Catholic Church.
“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for all the wonderful gifts that Deacon Elliot brings to the parish,” said Fr. Kevin McEwan, St. Mary’s Church pastor. “From his outreach to the home bound to his care at the nursing home. For his assistance at all liturgical events as well as his work with altar servers and lay ministers. Also his work with those serving time in our prisons, he brings God into their midst and shows them how they are still loved by God.