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Raleigh Seminarian Instituted into Ministry of Acolyte

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Diocese of Raleigh seminarian Don Maloney, who just completed his second year of Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, has been instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte, one of the steps to Priesthood ordination. The Rite of Institution was celebrated Saturday, May 1 at the seminary.

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 Mass 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, 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.

On April 24, three seminarians from the Diocese of Raleigh were instituted into the Ministry of Lector, a step taken the year before the Rite of Institution in the Ministry of Acolyte. The three Lectors are Ryan Elder, Nick Cottrill and Michael Burbeck.

On June 5, seminarian Brendan Buckler, who was instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte in 2009, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge at a 10:00 AM Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest.

On May 22, Deacon John Vic Gournas will be ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Burbidge during a 10:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Above: Diocese of Raleigh seminarian Don Maloney following his institution in the Ministry of Acolyte at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. (Left to right) Reverend Patrick J. Welsh, Dean of Men, Theology Division, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary; Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Mr. Maloney; and Reverend Monsignor David E. Diamond, Vice Rector, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.