Deacon Mark Venincasa was born in Englewood, NJ, less than ten miles from Yankee Stadium. His father Louis Venincasa, and his mother Geri Venincasa, were founding parishioners of All Saints after the family moved to Dallas in January 1976. Dcn. Mark attended Westwood Junior High, Pearce High School (Class of 1979), Texas A&M University (Class of 1983), UT Health Dental School in San Antonio, and the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry for a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies in 2019.
Dcn. Mark met his wife Lisa in the All Saints Singles Group, and they married at All Saints in January 1991. In the summer of 1991, Lisa and Dcn. Mark moved to Prince of Peace Catholic Community, where they had a Catholic School for their eventual five children. Their children include Andrew, Katie, Paul, Patrick, and Robert. Four of their five attended John Paul II High School.
Dcn. Mark and Lisa attended their CRHP retreats in March 2007 at POP. This experience was the “springboard” towards Dcn. Mark’s faith renewal and ministerial activities; he was a parish acolyte since 2008, a POP CRHP Spiritual Director in 2008, a Good Shepherd Catholic Community of Colleyville CRHP founding Spiritual Director in 2010, and he began his diaconate formation within the Diocese of Dallas in 2014. His ordination into the Permanent Diaconate occurred on June 20, 2020, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Frisco, Texas, where he was immediately assigned by Bp. Burns back to All Saints! Dcn. Mark and Lisa are very excited to be back “home.” They look forward to becoming part of this wonderfully vibrant faith community!