Deacon Robert A. DeLuca, Bishop Kenny Director of Campus Ministry is the recipient of the Catholic Leadership Award presented by Saint Anselm College located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The award was presented to Deacon, a St. Anselm graduate, at the school’s Fall Awards Dinner held during homecoming weekend in September.
Catechism is a word that rarely inspires excitement. But, if you are Robert DeLuca, you know that catechesis derives from a Greek word meaning echo, and that the calling of the Catholic teacher is to echo the words and life of Christ. As a teacher, an ordained deacon, a writer, an administrator, and a pastoral presence, Deacon DeLuca has spent his life doing just that.
Upon leaving Saint Anselm with a B.A.in Theology in 1974, Deacon DeLuca began work in catechetical ministry and has never stopped, serving in high schools, parishes, and colleges in New Hampshire, New York, and Florida for more than four decades. In 1986 he earned an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the Jesuit Institute of Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College and has pursued additional post-graduate work at Providence College and the University of Notre Dame.
In 2006 Deacon DeLuca was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Victor Galeone. Today, twenty years after being recruited by Father Michael Houle to move to Jacksonville and take leadership of the Department of Campus Ministry at Bishop Kenny, Deacon DeLuca continues to actively live out his vocation by guiding young people in their faith. He also serves as a member of the pastoral staff of St. Luke Catholic Church, as the Chairperson of Clergy Continuing Education, as a faculty member of the of the diocesan Ministry Formation program, and as an adjunct Instructor of Theology at Saint Leo’s University.
A member and leader of the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders, Deacon DeLuca continues to apply his expertise in consulting for Catholic publishers. In his determination to echo the words and life of Christ, Deacon DeLuca has cultivated a particular interest in the intersection of the fields of Psychology and Theology. He is zealous in his desire to welcome home alienated Catholics and promote the professional growth and development of lay women and men in the Church’s ministry.
The Bishop Kenny community celebrates the recognition and award bestowed on Deacon DeLuca by Saint Anselm College.
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