MOUNT ANGEL — At a Mass March 16 in Mount Angel Abbey church, 32 seminarians were instituted into the ministries of acolyte and lector. This was a move closer to priesthood for the Mount Angel Seminary students, who are from 18 dioceses and religious communities.
The men were called to make a heartfelt response to their calling to the priesthood through ministries of helping at the altar and proclaiming Scripture. This is a traditional step for Catholic seminarians.
Explaining the meaning of the liturgy, Boise Bishop Peter Christensen referred to the reading from the Book of Nehemiah. “Ezra read clearly from the Book of the Law. As he read, the response of the people was that they began to weep. They were moved to tears.”
Bishop Christensen called the story a testament to the power of the word of God that newly instituted lectors are called to proclaim to God’s people.
Bishop Christensen reminded the seminarians and congregation that we tend to live a fast-paced life. “We are in haste,” he said, “and there is a danger that we don’t take time to ponder, think and reflect.” Celebrations of the liturgy, said the bishop, invite us to slow down and reflect on why we are here and why it is important.
Among those instituted as lectors were Ethan Alano and Anthony Galati of the Archdiocese of Portland.
Also instituted as lectors were Benedictine Brother Israel Sanchez of Mount Angel Abbey and Carmelite Brother John Cannon.
From the St. John Society, Juan Mas Feijoo and Francesco Paolillo reached the milestone.
Among those instituted into the ministry of acolyte were Benedictine Brothers Timothy Kalange and Jesús Maria Leija from Mount Angel Abbey.