Fr. Mark Haydu, LC
Chief Development Officer for the Legionaries of Christ
Lumen Chaplain for the New Jersey and Greenwich Circles
From: Akron, OH
Date of Ordination: December 22, 2007
Favorite Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
I love this passage because Peter walks on water! I love the “step” of faith that Peter takes by trusting Jesus who calls him out of the security of his boat.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Favorite Hobby: Golf and following Cleveland sports
Father Mark, what are your main apostolates within Regnum Christi?
As a Lumen Chaplain, I help business leaders and their families grow in their relationship with God and live more deeply their faith in the reality of their busy life. I love helping them find their God-given mission and taking steps to live it! I also serve Regnum Christi by helping lead the National Development Team of the Legion of Christ that supports and empowers its mission with the financial resources it needs.
Why do you love being a priest?
I get to live on God’s holy ground. Through my prayer, daily Eucharist, other sacraments, and being invited into the lives of his children, I am constantly touching that sacred space. It is an awesomely fulfilling and humbling life. People trust you by inviting you into the sacred spaces of their lives, their relationship with God, and their spouses. This is where the Kingdom is built and where God’s seeds are spread, sprout, and bear fruit.