On Saturday, May 3, 2014, three seminarians from the Diocese of Raleigh -- Myles Casanova, Philip Johnson and John Kane -- were instituted in the ministry of acolyte during the celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint Martin de Tours at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, celebrated the Mass and Rite of Institution. Seminarians from the Dioceses of Allentown, Harrisburg and Trenton and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were also instituted as acolytes on Saturday.
An acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and, when needed, to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. These seminarians, now completing their second year of theological studies, have received both the ministry of Lector and Acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal, and then priestly, ordination.
“Please join me in congratulating and praying for these men and for all our seminarians,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said. “I also ask that you continue to pray for the special intention that our Diocese will be blessed with an increase of vocations to Priesthood and Consecrated Life.”
Above: (left to right) Myles Casanova, Philip Johnson and John Kane.