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placeholder August 8, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA

Deacon Emeritus Richard and Esther Yee on their wedding day in 1961.

Finding God together

Our 55 years of marriage began from a blind date. Our matchmaker was my cousin, who pleaded with me to take Esther to her high school junior prom, which I did.

Our subsequent dates were one year apart because of my four years of military service. We were married after I was discharged.

Looking back over the past 60 years, I am absolutely positive the Holy Spirit brought the two of us together and has slowly revealed his plan and purpose for us. After raising three children, blessed by five grandchildren, early retirement (at 55) from my aerospace-paying job, I was called to the diaconate.

Like a young college couple, Esther and I attended the diaconate formation program for four years. This was an exciting and inspiring time for us … going to classes together, studying, sharing and spiritually growing in the love of God and the Church.

I was ordained a permanent deacon in 1995, and together we serve our pastoral ministries at Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont. I am now retired from the diaconate.

As we gracefully grow older, we continue to hold hands and walk side by side. Not because one of us will get lost but to find God together. Reaching out, we try to be present to others and remind them of God's love. We have been highly blessed by God in many ways in our journey of marriage.

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