Staff Member: Gordon Snyder
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I was ordained to the diaconate in June, 2000 (along with eleven other classmates – the dirty dozen of the turn of the century). My wife, Cheryl, and I moved to SE Wisconsin in 1992 from the New York City metropolitan area. We consider the Midwest our home since we both grew up in Nebraska. At the time we arrived in Wisconsin, our two sons were already out on their own, Craig attending the US Naval Academy, and Pete at Notre Dame University. Cher and I were married in Southfield, Michigan, in 1969 after meeting in 1964 on a blind date in Nebraska.
I graduated from Creighton University with a major in Physics, along with a minor in Math and Philosophy. I received my Master of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. I am currently a systems consultant for large-scale computer software, and travel throughout the US on client projects.
We have 4 grand-children... none of whom live near-by... not because of us, we hope, but rather because of the business their parents are in. Quite often, we visit our children and their families, which often takes us out-of-town for long weekends. We are also known for taking time off to pursue our hobbies of bicycling, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, and camping, among others.
However, it took another 12 years, and a move to Wisconsin, before I applied for the diaconate. Shortly after we arrived here, we joined St. Bruno parish in Dousman where I met with Fr. John Hanley about becoming a deacon. Since I was recent transplant, and a brand-new member of the parish, he pulled out “all the stops” to make this happen. To him, I am always most grateful. Fr. John Schreiter was my mentor and confidant during my years at the seminary, and to him I am always grateful for his kind ear and practical insight.
As a deacon, my outside ministry is primarily focused on the prison inmates within the Waukesha County Jail through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In addition, I perform other diaconal duties such as marriages, marriage preparation, baptisms, and assisting as deacon during Mass.
I strive to work with people from the practical side of “where they are now in their relationship with Jesus” and not just from a purely theological standpoint. I often ask myself this question: “Where is God in my life today?”