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Permanent Deacon Candidates Instituted in Ministries of Lector, Acolyte

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On Saturday, September 8, 2012, 19 men in the permanent diaconate program for the Diocese were instituted by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge in the ministries of Lector and Acolyte. The rites took place in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Burbidge at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Mt. Olive, NC. Concelebrating with the Bishop were Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Fr. James F. Garneau, Pastor of St. Mary of the Angels and Director of the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese; Fr. Scott McCue, Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill; Fr. John Alex Gonzalez, Pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Wallace; Fr. Francisco Garcia-Gonzalez, Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral; Fr. Carlos Restrepo, visiting; and Fr. Jack Kelly, retired.

The Ministry of Lector usually occurs following the first year of Candidacy, and confers on the man the minor office to proclaim God’s Word in Liturgy. The following 14 Candidates were instituted in the Ministry of Lector:

Robert Lawrence Bridwell
Gerardo Chávez
Louis Philip Clark
Edwin Jeffress Jolly
David William Kierski
James Anthony Marapoti
Louis Vincent Parente
Brian John Phillips
Arthur Charles Schneider
James Richard Strange, Jr.
Robert Edward Troy, Jr.
Michael Dean Vandiver
John Robert Wetsch
Charles Edward Zlamal

The Ministry of Acolyte usually occurs following the second year of Candidacy and makes the man able to assist at the table of the Lord during liturgy as well as to handle and purify sacred vessels. Five Candidates were instituted in the Ministry of acolyte on Saturday:

José Juan Banda
Juan Carlos Campos
Gustavo Castro-Reynoso
José Mendoza
Luís Alfonso Royo-Camacho

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge noted that the ministries were being instituted on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “No doubt on this joyful day,” the Bishop told the men, “you echo the words of Our Blessed Mother: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,’ as you reflect on God’s many blessings in your life, including the gift of your spouses, family and all who love and support you. You hear anew, even in the midst of your lowliness, the divine call to serve the Lord and His Church as a permanent deacon and, in imitation of Mary’s profound trust, you say with her, ‘Let it be done to me according to Your Word.’”  

With Mary’s words in mind, the Bishop continued, the men could imitate her and “depend completely on God’s grace. Then, like Mary, you will understand ‘there is no need to be afraid.’ Depend also on her constant protection and intercession.”

A reception at Mt. Olive College followed the Mass.

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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Fr. James Garneau and Deacon Felix Saez, Jr. with 14 men instituted to the ministry of Lector. Click photo to view larger.

Below: Bishop Burbidge, Fr. Garneau and Deacon Saez with six men instituted to the ministry of Acolyte. Click photo to view larger.