Staff Member: Steve Letourneaux
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Born 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, the twists and turns of life brought me to Wisconsin in 1972 which has been my home ever since. Between Brooklyn and 1972, my years were in Chicago, and yes, I am an enthusiastic Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan! Higher education saw me some years in the seminary. Discerning that wasn’t my call, my vocation became husband, father, and grandfather while building a practice in the financial services industry.
My Diaconate call was also a most interesting journey beginning in 1978 and leading to ordination in 2005. Recalling the twists and turns in life, our story as to my wife, Claire, and I arriving in Portage in 2016, living in Saddle Ridge, is worthy of conversation over a brew or two!
We are most happy here, our faith served very well in our sister parishes of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Mary Help of Christians. My home diocese is Green Bay, but I have been granted faculties to serve also in our Madison diocese. As a “senior status” Deacon (Church-speak for “retired”), it is a delight to serve our parishioners with Fr. Gary, our school, and our 2-parish staff in any way needed.
I am the kind of guy that enjoys almost anything, but my greatest joys come from outside - nature - be that hiking, walking, biking, golfing, pontooning, traveling, the simple immersion of a sunrise or sunset, the breath of fresh air.
As a Deacon, when I see that twinkle in the eye, or the “aha” moment on a face as Jesus touches one in a special way - THAT is what most reminds me of the prophet Jeremiah’s words when our God said:
“You are my people and I am your God”!