The Lector & Acolyte Installation Mass took place on November 5th, at the main chapel at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
The Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, of the Diocese of Gary, presided over the Mass which is held annually for candidates to the priesthood as a step toward Holy Orders (Canon 1035). Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Masses, while acolytes serve at the altar by assisting priests and deacons and distributing Holy Communion. Seminarians are first installed as lectors and typically made acolytes a year later.
In praying over the lectors and acolytes, Bishop McClory proclaimed: “Grant that as they meditate constantly on Your word, they may grow in its wisdom, and faithfully proclaim it to Your people. 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.”
Bishop McClory left the lectors and acolytes with the following encouragement on the impact their ministry will have on all those they encounter: “Perform the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. And in encountering and being instituted in this ministry, may those of you soon to be instituted, and all of us, have a deeper appreciation of the power of the Word of God.”
Third-year theologians installed as new acolytes are: Corey Joseph Bilodeau and Shea Thomas Kettner for the Diocese of Lansing; Matthew John Chartier for the Diocese of Marquette; Richard Allen Dorsch, Jr., Jeremy Paul Schupbach, Michael Bruno Selvaraj, Andrew Okley Smith, and Ryan Christopher Walters for the Archdiocese of Detroit; Andres Felipe Galeano Moreno and Sean Patrick Yates for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Jack Christopher Pfeiffer for the Diocese of Kalamazoo; and Br. David Andrew Snow for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity religious community.
Second-year theologians installed as new lectors are: Nicholas Leon Brown, Matthew Daniel Kurt, Stephen Joseph Moening, and Phuc Quang Ngo for the Archdiocese of Detroit; Steven Patrick Caraher and Zachary Charles Glick for the Diocese of Gary; Joshua Vincent Fons, Jack Andrew Jobst, and Riley Patrick O’Shea for the Diocese of Lansing; Daniel James Hackenjos and Colin Benjamin Lane for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Andrew Jay Schmidt for the Diocese of Kalamazoo; and Br. Joseph Daniel Spears for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity religious community.