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Three Seminarians Instituted in the Ministry of Lector

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Three Diocese of Raleigh seminarians have been instituted in the Ministry of Lector, a step along the way to Priesthood ordination.

Michael Burbeck, Nick Cottrill and Ryan Elder, who are completing their first year of Theology, were instituted in the Ministry of Lector during Mass in St. Martin of Tours Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia on April 24, 2010. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, presided at the ceremony.

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.”

Above, front row (left to right): Reverend Msgr. Joseph G. Prior, Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; Bishop Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Reverend Msgr. David E. Diamond, Vice-Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.  Second row (left to right): Nick Cottrill, Michael Burbeck, Ryan Elder