Staff Member: Deacon Rafael Pubillones
Deacon Rafael Pubillones
Deacon Rafael was ordained by Bishop Richard F. Stika in the most recent class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 11, 2022. Prior to his ordination, Deacon Rafael said, “I hope to be a humble servant, to be a worthy follower of St. Stephen, our first deacon and first martyr, and never to forget these hallow words: ‘Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.’” He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and has a career in business development. Deacon Rafael lives in Loudon, Tenn. His wife, Michele, is a sacristan at St. Thomas Parish.