Deacon Del Leonardo carries three pagers and a cell phone on him at all times.
It's a necessity in his work as a full-time evening and overnight chaplain at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, but Deacon Leonardo doesn't mind all of the buzzing and beeping coming from his hip. Rather, he sees those as opportunities to be with patients "in the moment" who are critically ill or close to death.
The 72-year-old never imagined that he would become a permanent deacon, or a chaplain for that matter, but he knows in his heart that this is exactly what he's supposed to be doing.
A memorial Mass was celebrated June 9 at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin for Deacon William J. Krull.
Deacon Krull, 74, died May 26. He donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Born in St. Louis, he married the former Linda Ruth Luckel in 1961. Deacon Krull was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke in 2005. He served at Holy Infant Parish, Ballwin, since his ordination.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will ordain six men to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.
They are Michael Benz, Raymond Buehler, John Nickolai, Charles Samson and Christopher Seiler, to be ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and Brother Pio Enudu, to be ordained for the Society of Our Mother of Peace. Samson and Seiler are students at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The other men attend Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.