Deacon Richard Butz
He retired from active ministry in 2011, but Deacon Butz remains a key figure in the St. Francis de Sales faith community. The U.S. Navy veteran retired from the corporate world in 1991, and a year later he and his wife Frances moved from California to Akron to join members of their family who had moved here. He quickly found himself serving the community and immersed in parish activities. A parishioner asked if he had considered the diaconate. From that moment, his calling was clear.. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 23, 1998, — and a week later served at the ordination Mass of our future pastor, Fr. Bline.