Stephen Floyd grew up in a large Catholic family with eight siblings outside Philadelphia in Moorestown, New Jersey. His father, Frederick, would share the Catholic faith at dinner and his mother, Kathleen, participated in daily Mass and was active in the pro-life movement.
He first felt called to the diaconate more than 20 years ago but never thought the timing was right. In 2011, he felt a strong call from God and both he and his wife, Renée, responded to that call.
Floyd has been married to Renée for 31 years and has two children, Nick and Laura. He has belonged to Blessed Trinity Parish in Ocala since 2004 and has been greatly impacted by this community’s commitment to the stewardship way of life. Ministries that he has been involved with include Christ Renews His Parish, Eucharistic Adoration, pro-life ministry, Cursillo and serving as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and Brother’s Keeper. He also spends more than eight hours a week coaching youth swimming.
What excites Floyd is the opportunity to engage the world to find ways to take back the Christian culture. He plans to do this through writing, speaking, and encouraging people to include God even in the little things they do at both work and home such as beginning the day with prayer.
He said this journey has expanded his love for God, and he couldn’t have completed it without the fellowship he received from the men also about to be ordained.
“I have the love of God from my head to my heart,” he said. “I feel God deeply in my entire being now.”
Floyd works as a practice administrator for Dr. Stephen Dunn, DDS. He received his master’s degree in 2004 from Florida Southern College and recently received his master’s in theology from Saint Leo’s University.
1 of 10 men who shared stories of faith on their diaconate journey before Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate on June 10, 2017