Deacon Joseph Faulds has served the parish of St. Brigid's Catholic Church since his ordination in 1998. He and his, wife, Mary have been parishioners of St. Brigid's since 1988 when they moved to Tahlequah. Deacon Joseph is a professor of Literature and Languages in the College of Liberal Arts of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas. He regards his diaconal service as a gift which allows him to serve Christ our Lord by serving his people. He has a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.