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Two Diocesan Seminarians Installed into Ministry of Lector in Rome

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Two Diocese of Raleigh seminarians, in study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, have been instituted in the Ministry of Lector, a step along the way to Priesthood ordination.

Timothy Ahn and Michael Schuetz, who are completing their first year of Theology, were instituted in the Ministry of Lector during Mass at the College on January 13, 2013. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston presided at the ceremony.

In his homily, Cardinal DiNardo spoke about the “divine compassion” of Our Lord in his willingness to be baptized by John, and in his ministering to the “smoldering wicks”, those of weak faith, that he encountered. The Cardinal invited the newly instituted readers to contemplate their own participation in the divine compassion, and exhorted them to spread God’s Word to those smoldering wicks that they may encounter along the path to priesthood.

Mr. Ahn and Mr. Schuetz are among 248 seminarians from 97 dioceses in the United States, Canada and Australia. Approximately one-fourth of the men are in their first year of study at the College.

The Ministry of Lector provides for the reading of the sacred Scripture in the liturgical assembly, except for the Gospel in the Mass. As they are instituted in the ministry, candidates are instructed that through the proclamation of the word, they will instruct children and adults in the faith and “bring the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it.”

The concluding prayer calls on those gathered to pray “that they may be faithful to the word entrusted to them, proclaim Christ to the world, and so give glory to our Father in heaven.”

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Above: Timothy Ahn during installation to Ministry of Lector at Mass celebrated at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Above: Michael Schuetz being installed to Ministry of Lector by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Principal Celebrant and Homilist at Installation Mass.

Above: Cardinal DiNardo with first year Theology students in formation at Pontifical North American College.