In this picture, Deacon Francis Head of Atlanta proclaims the gospel at the Easter Vigil at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Fayetteville. His son Will is holding the book.
The good deacon was ordained three years ago. Some background, from the Georgia Bulletin, at the time of his ordination:
Deacon Head was paralyzed after a motorcycle crash when he was 20. Now he views his disability and wheelchair as a gift. “When I started formation, I did not want to be the ‘wheelchair deacon,’ but I have learned through much prayer that I am uniquely gifted by God to minister to many people who feel they have no one who understands them,” he said. “There is dignity through Christ whether you roll through life or walk through it.” He is a member of the Disabilities Ministry’s advisory board for the archdiocese. His parish of St. Gabriel Church, Fayetteville, has found “simple solutions to any problem” when he is assisting at Mass. His son, Will, held the Book of the Gospels at his first Mass while he read. As a teacher at St. John the Evangelist School, Hapeville, he has led school assemblies. “Now, I not only get to be a deacon at my parish, but also fulfill that role at the school. I am doubly blessed,” he said.
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