Deacon Roger Pasionek
Born into a village in middle America in the mid-twentieth century, Deacon Roger Pasionek has always been a son of service to both his Church and his community.
At an early age, Roger began serving at Mass in his local Catholic church. By age twelve, he was playing the organ at daily Mass, and shortly after that, he was assigned the weekend liturgies as well. During his tenure at university, Roger served at the university chapel as one of its lectors, and shortly after graduation, he was certified to serve as an Eucharistic Minister. Throughout his adult life, Roger served the Church on various committees, both at the local as well as diocesan levels.
Roger attended The University of Michigan [Ann Arbor], majoring in teaching English as well as Classical Studies. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as teacher of English [secondary level] at St. Charles Community Schools. He received his master’s degree in English from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree from Loyola University [New Orleans] in theology. Roger taught English for over thirty years; during that time he felt called to serve his students not only as their teacher, but also as a mentor, counselor and advisor. He served the high school as National Honor Society advisor for 27 years.
Upon retirement from the classroom, Roger accepted a position as pastoral associate at Holy Family Catholic Church in Saginaw, Michigan. He served his parish faithfully for four years, and in 2007, Roger received a call to holy orders. It was on May 26th, 2007, that Deacon Roger was ordained to the order of permanent deacon by Archbishop Robert Carlson. Within a year, Deacon Roger was appointed pastoral administrator of Holy Family Church. He continues in that capacity today.
When asked about his involvement with Kings Care Foundation, Deacon Roger stated that he is humbled by the experience to work along side such a group of outstanding individuals, who, each in his/her own way, has a lifetime dedicated to serving humanity and making this world a better place for all of us.