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New deacon ordained at Bastrop Catholic church

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    Corby Dean Weiss (center) is surrounded by his mother Elaine Weiss (left) and wife Patricia Weiss (right) at the reception held in his honor at Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop. Photo by Dock Jackson

Corby Dean Weiss was one of twenty-nine ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on March 30 at St. William Catholic Church in Austin by Bishop Joe Vasquez. Deacon Weiss joins Pastor Ramiro Tarazona and Deacon Paul Cooke at Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop.

Deacon Weiss and his wife Patricia have three adult children, twin daughters and a son. After graduating from Bastrop High School, Weiss immediately went to work for the Lower Colorado River Authority. He retired after 35 years of service.

Weiss believes he first heard God’s call to the diaconate 25 years ago, but work and family responsibilities prevented him from taking any action. After he retired, he decided to attend daily Mass in Thanksgiving. At Mass, he believes God was urging him into a new state of life and service.

“The call became unbearable, like a constant tapping on the shoulder with the thought ‘you have to be a deacon,’” he said.

Taking this unease as a message from God, he applied and began what he describes as an “unimaginable” spiritual journey.

Formation was challenging, especially the academic requirements. At times, Weiss felt overwhelmed by the studies, but persevered as he learned more about the faith.

“Watching Our Lord and Savior open every door for me to move forward to ordination was nothing short of amazing,” Weiss said.

He explained that during this time he and his wife faced many hurdles, but God helped them at every step. As a result, they believe that God not only deepened their relationship with him, but also with each other.

The time requirements of formation caused Weiss to step back from many activities and ministries in his parish. As a deacon, he hopes to resume this work and continue to work in prison ministry.

A celebratory dinner to congratulate the newly ordained Deacon was held on Saturday, April in the Monsignor Edward Dokupil Parish Family Center at Ascension Catholic Church