Deacon Richard Dodd is a native of Washington, D.C. and has been a member of Holy Family since 1997. As an undergraduate he studied at Loyola Marymount University and George Washington University from which he received a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He holds a Master's degree in Theology from St. Leo University.
His professional career began in New York City as an actor at the Strasberg Theatre Institute. He later worked as South Carolina's State Coordinator for Conservation Education; as a Sales and Operations Manager for the Weyerhauser Paper and Timber Company; and as a regional training executive with the Sanofi Pharmaceutical Company.
Deacon Richard was originally commissioned in the Archdiocese of Miami as a lay evangelist in 1993. He currently serves as the Diocese of Orlando's Coordinator for Ministry to the Incarcerated, a sacramental PREP catechist, Head of the Men's Emmaus ministry and an instructor with Holy Family's Dynamic Catholic Book Studies program.
His initial discernment began when invited to consider the Diaconate while living in Miami in the 1980's. Several years later following the death of his wife Linda who taught in our Holy Family school, discernment commenced for a second time, but again was not affirmed. Blessed by the sacramental grace of remarriage to his wife Kim, a vocational call to the Diaconate returned for a third time, and strengthened by the counsel and prayer of Monsignor Ennis and his mentor Deacon Spencer, he entered Formation in 2012 and was ordained in 2017 by Bishop John Noonan.
As the first-born of seven children in a family dedicated to the Franciscan ethic of offering material care and spiritual presence to the poor and those in need, his role as Deacon fully embraces St. Peter's direction to "Use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God's grace." He has been married a total of 38 years and has four children and eight grandchildren and resides in Windermere.