Deacon Candidate Instituted as Acolyte
On December 5th, Frederick M. “Rick” Fisher, Jr., a candidate for the permanent diaconate from St. Paul Parish in New Bern, was instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge at a Mass celebrated at the Mt. Olive College chapel in Mt. Olive. As an Acolyte, Mr. Fisher joins 14 other men completing the fourth year of a five-year commitment and discernment process that will lead them to ordination as permanent deacons next June.
An Acolyte is appointed to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest at the altar, and as a special minister 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 or deacon. During the institution ceremony, the candidate is reminded that he 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 candidate is asked to show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people and especially for the weak and the sick.