Deacon Bob Beyke
posted on Apr 24, 2018
I was born into a Catholic family in the Catholic town of Jasper in southwestern Indiana. After graduating from high school in 1981, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in geology from Indiana University in 1984 and a Master’s degree in geology from the University of Akron in 1986. During my time at IU, I met and married my wife Beth in 1983. We have two daughters who attended St. Monica School and Pike High School. I have spent 31 years working in the environmental field. I worked as an environmental consultant for thirteen years and currently manage or oversee the environmental compliance for four highway construction companies based in Indiana and Illinois.
My faith life took on much more importance beginning in 1997 when I attended a Christ Renews weekend at St. Monica. God impressed upon me the question, “Why are you Catholic?” The need to answer this question directed the next fifteen years of my life as I engaged in many Adult Faith Formation activities, including starting a Sunday Scripture Series, starting an Embracing Catholics Home program, and Christ Renews Outreach Leadership.
In 2001, God further impressed upon me the need to follow Him further, but I was unsure just what this meant. In 2007, I had a chance encounter with a Permanent Deacon working airport security in San Francisco. This encounter led to further discernment and to my being accepted into the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Diaconate Program in 2012 and ordination by Archbishop Thompson in 2017.
My goal through this ministry is to share the history and doctrine of our Church in a way that leads each of us, myself included, to a deepening spiritual relationship with Christ.