Deacon Luigi Del Gaudio, MSW

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I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 9th, 1946 to two immigrant Italians from Naples, Italy. I am the youngest child and only son of the four children born to my parents. I attended Catholic grade school in Somerville, Massachusetts(four miles from Boston) where I was raised.

I was a dutiful altar server at St. Joseph’s Parish and grew up attending every kind of activity the church had to offer from CYO baseball to the drill team where I played as part of the drum team. I went to high school in nearby Cambridge at St. Mary’s Catholic High School where I graduated in 1965. I was a fair student and a below average football player. A year after graduation, my parents moved to Van Nuys, California where I went to college, graduating from California State University, Northridge in 1970. I married my wife, Susan, in 1969. We then moved back to Boston where I spent two years working on my Masters in Social Work at Boston College, graduating in 1972. All things “Boston” bring me great pleasure.

In 1972, Susan and I returned to California where I began my career as a social worker. I retired in 2006 as a manager in the child welfare services field for the State of California Department of Social Services.

On June 15, 1996, after four years of formation, I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by William K. Weigand, Bishop Emeritus of Sacramento. Bishop Weigand assigned me to be the first deacon at St. Mary’s Parish where Susan and our daughters, Rachel and Emily have been parishioners since 1974. Since my ordination I have had the privilege of baptizing hundreds of children; preparing couples for their marriages and witnessing many of them; sharing the Gospel through preaching, counseling and teaching; and helping those mourning the loss of their loved ones by helping with funeral liturgies.  I am also very involved in bringing Holy Communion to our parishioners who are homebound.  I love being a member of the team that participates in RCIA and baptism classes as well as Catholics Come Home . These experiences have been a blessing to me and my family as God has given me so much more than I have ever given in return. My time now consists of working around the house, visiting with and playing with our six grandchildren and devoting time to my diaconate vocation, both at the parish and diocesan level.

I have come to know that Christ is at the center of all that happens to us.  I’ve also come to understand that He doesn’t love us if we are good.  He loves us so we can be good.  He sustains us, cares for us and cherishes us through the difficult and tragic times of our lives.  He does this through his Church. We always wind up the beneficiary for loving Him and others in His name.  We welcome all to come and worship Him with us.

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