Dcn. Noel Oteyza: DEACON
Noel Oteyza remembers a calling to serve the Lord when he was an altar server at mass during a Eucharistic Cenacle in grade school. He recalls experiencing such peace and joy. After that, he said doors opened to serve in several ministries. He began attending retreats, conferences and pilgrimages, which led him to diaconate formation.
Oteyza earned an Aerospace Engineering Degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, then began his career at Dual Inc. supporting NAVAIR in Crystal City, Va. His career brought him to Orlando, where he met Karyl.
The couple became parishioners of Holy Family in 2000. He has more than 20 years in Seminole County Traffic Engineering and worked more than 26 years offering part-time customer service for Marriott Hotels and Walt Disney World.
Oteyza visits the incarcerated in prisons and volunteers at Shepherd’s Hope, which provides access to healthcare for the uninsured.
He said one of the most challenging parts of formation was “resuming academic studies after being out of school for many years.” He noted, “Surrendering to God’s will helped me to learn much about the richness and fullness of the Catholic Church.” He felt it was a grace to have Karyl at his side. “Going through formation together has allowed us to grow in our faith and love for each other,” he said. They both continue to spend a dedicated weekly hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, since 2000 when they began dating.
As a deacon, he hopes to use his gifts of customer service at either the hospital, airport or wherever God, through the leadership of his bishop, calls him.