Parish retreat sparked Deacon Seydel’s call to diaconate vocation
(Editor’s note: Following is the next installment of the Herald’s monthly series profiling a priest or deacon serving in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. This month we feature Deacon Robert Seydel, who currently serves at St. Mark Parish in Highlands Ranch.)
COLORADO SPRINGS. Deacon Robert Seydel served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. He then worked in the mortgage and financial services industries before assuming his current role as Assistant Director of Mortuary and Cemetery Services in the Archdiocese of Denver.
His call to the permanent diaconate began when he was chosen by his pastor to be the spiritual director for a Christ Renews His Parish retreat, Deacon Seydel said. Several people in his parish also asked him if he had ever considered a vocation as a deacon.
“It was then that I started thinking about being a deacon and began to pray about it,” he said. “In the years of formation, I grew closer to the Lord, developed a love of Scripture, and recognized him as my heavenly father.”
He was ordained June 20, 2020 by Bishop Emeritus Michael Sheridan.
Deacon Seydel said that baptisms are a special part of his ministry.
“It is truly a blessing for me to know that I am marking these children for Christ and bringing them into his church,” he said.
At St. Mark Parish, he also assists in grief ministry, men’s retreats and graveside committals. Deacon Seydel and his wife Karol have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fly fishing and golfing.
(Those who feel they might be called to the priesthood or permanent diaconate can contact Father Kyle Ingels at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deacon Chris Kennedy at email@example.com. )