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New deacon: Edward Sweeden, North Little Rock

Published: June 6, 2022   
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Deacon Ed Sweeden

Edward Sweeden, 66

Immaculate Conception, North Little Rock

Assigned to: Immaculate Conception, North Little Rock

Employment: Retired photo printer technician

Wife: Valerie

How did you hear your calling to become a deacon? I felt an urge to seek out the discernment process and felt a call to respond. With a brother as a deacon, I felt like I should answer the call and prayerfully went into formation.

What ministries are you currently involved in? Acolyte and cantor for parish funerals, taking Communion to homebound

Who have been the biggest influences in your diaconate formation? My biggest influences in my diaconate formation are Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier, Deacon Ernie Gallegos and Deacon Chuck Farrar. These three men have been instrumental in my formation. Another big influence has been my brother, Deacon Barry Sweeden from Immaculate Conception in Denton, Texas.

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