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Diocesan Seminarians Instituted in Ministries of Acolyte and Lector

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Two Diocese of Raleigh seminarians have been instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte, while a third has been instituted in the Ministry of Lector. The ministries are steps along the way to Priesthood ordination.

Brendan Buckler and Juan Manuel Lopez, both completing their second year Theology, became Acolytes in a ceremony held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia on May 1 with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in attendance.

An Acolyte is appointed to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest at the altar and as special ministers to give Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick. Acolytes may also expose the Eucharist for public adoration in the absence of a priest of deacon. During the institution ceremony, candidates are reminded that they will have a special role in the Church’s ministry, since the summit and source of the Church’s life is the Eucharist, which builds up the Christian community and makes it grow. The candidates are asked to show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people and especially for the weak and the sick.

Don Maloney, who is completing his first year Theology, was instituted in the Ministry of Lector at a ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo on April 25.

The Ministry of Lector provides for the reading of the sacred Scripture in the liturgical assembly, except for the gospel in the Mass. During the institution of Lector ceremony, 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.”

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge instituting Brendan Buckler into the Ministry of Acolyte at a ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

Below: Bishop Burbidge instituting Juan Manuel Lopez into the Ministry of Acolyte during the ceremony.