Institution of Acolytes
February 7, 2013
On Saturday, January 26th, 10 of our Student Brothers were instituted as acolytes by our Provincial, the Very Rev. Brian Mulcahy, O.P. Institution as an acolyte, one of the steps which future priests must complete, is an official commissioning by the Church “to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations.” In creating the stable ministry of acolyte, Pope Paul VI reminded future acolytes of their primary responsibility: “As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick.” Please keep our 10 new acolytes in your prayers as they continue on in their formation. Our new acolytes are: Br. Pier Giorgio Dengler, O.P. Br. Luke Hoyt, O.P. Br. Alan Piper, O.P. Br. Leo Joseph Camurati, O.P. Br. Timothy Danaher, O.P. Br. Edmund Mary McCullough, O.P. Br. Aquinas Beale, O.P. Br. Mannes Matous, O.P. Br. Henry Stephan, O.P. Br. Peter Joseph Gautsch, O.P. Photos from the Mass can be seen below.