Deacon Richard Beaudry is performing his diaconal ministry of administering the sacraments, assisting at Mass, and teaching and preaching at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Seffner, Florida.
He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who resides with Bonnie, his wife of 40 years in Brandon. He spends much of his free time visiting his four grown sons and four grandchildren in N and S Carolina, and Orlando, FL.
Beaudry holds a BA in Speech Education from Michigan State University, an MA in
Management from Central Michigan University, and has done graduate work in
Communications at Boston University and the University of Oklahoma.
65 year old, “Deacon Dick,” as he likes to be called, has taught Business and Communication courses at the University of Tampa, Saint Leo College, and Hillsborough Community College. He taught English Composition and Speech and was formerly the Chair of General Education at Florida Metropolitan University in Lakeland He is a PhD candidate in Management (Leadership) He is an experienced manager and later director in nationally known companies and government activities to include Honeywell’s Defense Communication Products Division, Simulation Systems, Inc., and NASA Houston’s Manned Space programs (Gemini and Apollo). In addition he has created, owned, and managed, several business of his Own.
He is a certified member of the American Academy of Bereavement, and the Association of Pastoral Ministers on Aging. He taught the first year orientation to two separate Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute classes for the Diocese of St. Petersburg and was a Class Mentor for a group of ten of the first class to graduate in the Diocese. In addition, he completed Diocesan training for Religious Education and has certified two separate educational groups as Catechists for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Bishop Robert Lynch ordained him a deacon in June of 1997.