Milestones of service

40 years

Deacon Roger T. (Ted) Ostrom is assigned to St. Michael Church in Annandale. He and his wife, the late Patricia Bruce Ostrom, have five children.

He was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio. After serving as a chief electronic technician in the Coast Guard, he was accepted to officer candidate school and was commissioned in 1962.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh March 22, 1975. Following his ordination, he served as deacon for the Coast Guard until his retirement in 1978 with the rank of commander.

That year, Deacon Ostrom was appointed director of Christ House in Alexandria by Bishop Welsh, a position he held until 1984. He served as assistant director and then director of the diocesan Office of Family Life (1984-99) and served two terms on the Diaconal Council (2003-05 and 2012-15).

His diaconate assignments include: St. Ambrose Church in Annandale (1978-2001) and St. Michael Church in Annandale (2001-14).

30 years

Deacon Danny Johnson retired in 2012 from active service in the diaconate. He is married to the former Mary Biddle, and they have one child.

He was born March 3, 1946, in Charleston, W.Va. He professed simple vows at the Sacred Heart Capuchin Franciscan Friary in Baraga, Mich., but later decided to pursue a secular life. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he went on to serve as an officer with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating June 1, 1985.

Deacon Johnson served his entire diaconate career at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge (1985-2012) where he was a youth minister and director of religious education.

Deacon Nicholas J. LaDuca Jr. is assigned to Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. He is married to the former Dorothy Casatuta, and they have five children.

He was born Dec. 1, 1940, in Bronx, N.Y. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962. He served for 20 years, including an assignment in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Division, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1982.

He earned his doctorate in business administration from George Washington University in Washington and worked for Computer Data Systems.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating June 1, 1985. His diaconate assignments include: Church of the Nativity in Burke (1985-89); St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax (1989-2002); St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax (2002-11); and Corpus Christi Mission in South Riding (2011-12). He taught theology at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax (2000-13).

Deacon LaDuca served on the Diaconal Council 2003-05 and 2005-08, and is currently vice chairman of the council during his third term.

25 years

Deacon Charles H. Duck resides in Oakton, and is awaiting his next diaconate assignment. He is married to the former Beryl Babineaux and they have two children.

He was born Jan. 19, 1947, in Garden City, Kan. After earning his bachelor's from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he worked in the oil and gas industry and in information technology consulting.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas, Jan. 13, 1990.

Deacon Duck served in several administrative positions in Texas, including: business administrator for St. Anthony of Padua Church in Woodlands (2003-07); director of administrative services and parish services at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Chancery (2007-12); and business manager at Frassati Catholic High School in Spring (2012-13).

His diaconate assignments include: Holy Family Church in Ashland, Ky. (1990-92); Sacred Heart Church in Richmond, Texas (1992-93); Prince of Peace Church in Houston (1993-2003); and St. Anthony of Padua Church in Woodlands, Texas (2003-14). In 2014, he moved to the Arlington Diocese to be closer to his children and was assigned to Holy Trinity Church in Gainesville, Va.

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