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26 Seminarians take the next step in their journey towards priesthood

At a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Blair, bishop of Hartford, Sacred Heart seminarians were installed as Acolytes and Lectors.

by Editorial Team

On Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Archbishop Blair celebrated an installation Mass for Lectors and Acolytes at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. During the celebration thirteen seminarians were installed as Acolytes and thirteen seminarians were installed as Lectors. 

Upon entering the school of theology, seminarians receive candidacy, where the Church recognizes each seminarian as worthy of being ordained. Following candidacy, during the Mass of Installation of Acolytes and Lectors, second and third-year graduate seminarians are installed as lectors and acolytes respectively.

In his homily, Archbishop Blair highlighted the significance of these roles for seminarians, describing the lector as, not just a reader, but rather, “A model to others of love and respect for God’s word in the way it is proclaimed, in the serious way it is studied, and above all, in the way that it is lived.” He went on to highlight the way the Acolyte becomes “what he receives by a life of ever deeper faith, hope, and love in personal communion with the one whose body and blood he administers.” 

Fr. Burr, Seminary Rector remarked, “The ministries of Lector and Acolyte are an opportunity for a seminarian to engage the liturgy of the Church with a new responsibility to God and His people. The seminarians who are prepared to serve as lectors and acolytes now give their lives to Jesus Christ in a new way as installed ministers. Through these roles they will bring delight to our God and reverence to our Mass.”

Fr. Fox, Vice Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation commented on the way in which these roles will prepare these men for the priesthood: “To proclaim God’s word and serve at His altar are holy ministries in themselves, and essential means of preparation for the priesthood. Our Second and Third Theology seminarians have dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it is a blessing to see them draw closer to the Sacrament of Holy Orders. They are good men and will serve God and His people well.”

Join us in congratulating these new Acolytes and Lectors: 


  • Nicholas Brown, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Steven Caraher, Diocese of Gary

  • Br. Elijah DeLello, FHS, Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit

  • Joshua Fons, Diocese of Lansing

  • Zachary Glick, Diocese of Gary

  • Daniel Hackenjos, Archdiocese of Hartford

  • Matthew Kurt, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Colin Lane, Archdiocese of Hartford

  • Stephen Moening, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Phuc Ngo, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Riley O'Shea, Diocese of Lansing

  • Andrew Schmidt, Diocese of Kalamazoo

  • Br. Joseph Daniel Spears, SOLT , Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity


  • Ivan Alatorre, Diocese of Gary

  • Jonathon Bokuniewicz, Diocese of Lansing

  • Br. Paul Graupmann, FH, Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit

  • Brett Ivey, Diocese of Lansing

  • Randy Koenigsknecht, Diocese of Lansing

  • Alexander Kouris, Diocese of Gary

  • Daniel LaCroix, Diocese of Lansing

  • Joshua Luttig, Diocese of Lansing

  • Zachary Mazurek, Diocese of Marquette

  • Christian Salata, Diocese of Lansing

  • Benjamin Schroder, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Peter Stetson, Diocese of Steubenville

  • Biak Thuantho, Diocese of Kalamazoo

by Editorial Team

Editorial Team

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.