continued “We are very proud of our dad for celebrating 25 years as a deacon of St. Mary’s Church,” Wendy said. “We love the strength, guidance, faith and, most of all, unconditional love he has shown us all our lives. We are proud to call him our dad!”
There are about 70 deacons in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, Shaw said, but he’s the only one in the Essex Deanery.
Shaw also serves as the Catholic chaplain at the Moriah Shock Camp, ministering to inmates on a weekly basis.
“It’s one of my favorites things to do,” Shaw said of his work with inmates. “It’s turned out to be one of my favorite ministries. I feel like I make a difference there.”
He has been Moriah Shock chaplain 18 years, delivering Communion, homilies and guidance.
“It’s a big commitment, especially preaching (homilies),” Shaw said. “You start on Monday morning and it’s a week-long process. You want your talk to be reflective of what you bring to the church and how you view the scriptures and the world.”
Shaw has enjoyed being a deacon.
“I feel God’s hand guiding me,” he said. “The lord has led me, personally, through some rough waters. I’ve had water up to my nose, but I’ve never been in over my head.
“The Holy Spirit guides us,” Shaw said. “When I’ve veered off in the wrong direction the Holy Spirit gets me back on track.”
Faith is not a sometimes thing, Shaw said.
“Our faith is every day, not just on Sunday,” he said. “We live our faith in everything we do — when we go to the store, when we’re at work, when we’re visiting with friends. It’s always there.”