Deacon Michael Nussear: “Service to others, all things for God”

“Service to others, all things for God,” is the quote on the front of Michael Nussear’s diaconate formation binder, which served as a reminder of his calling to the diaconate in 2012 when he entered formation. He said he first felt the call at a young age before he entered grade school, but it was only five years ago that he finally answered that call.

“I have a very close relationship with God,” he said. “When God speaks to you, you pay attention to that. When a person says ‘yes’ to God, amazing things happen.”

Nussear said this calling has formed him into becoming more of a servant to others and more like Christ in his daily encounters with people. He was raised in a family where his mother was Catholic and his father, Lutheran. He was formed in the Catholic faith, attending Catholic school and religious education.

Nussear and his wife, Janice, have been Holy Name of Jesus parishioners since 1993 and have been married for 42 years. They have three children, Nicole, 34, Kristen, 28, and Andrew, 25.

They have served in a variety of ministries including extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Christ Renews His Parish retreat team, Ten Great Dates, Small Church Communities, FOCCUS, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, Pre-Cana team and served on the core teams for several marriage conferences and workshops. Nussear also serves in a ministry to the homeless where, he says he often sees the face of Jesus.

“I am richly blessed to be supported by my wife, family, pastor, and parish,” Nussear said. “I am humbled and honored to serve the Diocese of Orlando and my Holy Name of Jesus family.”

Nussear served a 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force and is now in his second career as a cost analyst. He has a degree in psychology and a master’s in human relations and management, and theology.


1 of 10 men who shared stories of faith on their diaconate journey before Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate on June 10, 2017