At the 6pm Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 18th, Archbishop Anthony Fisher admitted a number of our seminarians to certain ministries. The third year seminarians: Noel Custodio, Huan Le, Roberto Keryakos, and John Pham were instituted into the ministry of Acolyte. The second year seminarians: Darren Cabellero, John Vala, and Aditya Sugiato were installed as Lectors. The admission into these ministries are important, ‘stepping stones’ on the way to the priesthood.
The ministry of Acolyte is a special role in the Church’s wider ministry. Our third year seminarians will be charged with the responsibility of assisting Priests and Deacons in carrying out their ministry, and will also become an extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion to the faithful within the liturgy, and also deliver communion to the sick. The third years accepting this ministry during the Mass, they knelt in front of Archbishop Fisher and accepted a paten of hosts from him, as the Archbishop said: “Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.” We pray that, this ministry will continue to be a great preparation for our third years to priesthood, especially by faithful service of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Those installed as Lectors, are called to a deeper appreciation of the word of God and have been commissioned by the Archbishop to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly. This also means that our second year seminarians have been commissioned to instruct children and adults in the faith and to “bring the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it.” They were installed as Lectors by kneeling before Archbishop Fisher and receiving the Lectionary from him, as he said, “Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.”
Before being admitted into these particular ministries, our seminarians were prepared by several weeks of practical training, and instruction of the theological meaning and importance of both ministries. They will now exercise these ministries in the seminary and grow in both talent and devotion to them. Please pray for all of us here, especially those who have just taken these important steps on the way to ordination.