14 My journey into Permanent Diaconate - Roque Lobo

posted May 2, 2018, 11:39 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:39 PM ]
I am grateful for what my parents inculcated in me and my other four siblings to have that sense of belief in God that slowly shaped our faith since we were young. My early education started at St Joseph’s School, Vikhroli. I continued my higher education in the Mumbai University and successfully completed my post-graduation in Physics (Electronics). Further I did a diploma in computers. Studying has always been a passion, apart from my interest in sports, music, drawing and painting.

During my college years, I was drawn to the Legion of Mary at St Joseph Church, Vikhroli. I served in the Legion for a few years. This stint in the Legion of Mary did help me grow spiritually. My working experiences have mostly been in the computer field. I loved my job and the challenges I had to face. During my working stint in the Middle East, I had to interact with people of many nationalities.

I returned to Mumbai at the end of 2000, and thought of taking life easy. But God seemed to have other plans for me. I saw God’s awesomeness unfolding in my life, when He sent the right people to journey with me in encountering Him. I was elected to lead my community as a Parish Council member in June 2010, and was also appointed to be a part of the Executive Committee. In June 2011, I became the leader of the Prayer Group at St Pius X Church, Mulund. Being in the prayer group further helped me grow spiritually. I believe it was a little gift of Grace from God to inspire me to respond. Witnessing the conversion story, reconciliation and growth in faith had given me clearer signs that God must have reasons for showing me all these.