Ryan Andrew, DM Diocese seminarian, will be installed into the ministry of lector by Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn on Friday, February 14 at Saint Paul Seminary in Minneapolis. He is studying at Saint Paul Seminary and is a parishioner of Christ the King parish in Des Moines. Please keep Ryan in your prayers.
Zachary Daly and Trevor Chicoine, DM Diocese seminarians, were installed as lector by Archbishop Bernie Hebda, Coadjutor of Newark on January 5 (the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord). They are studying at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City. Zach is a parishioner of Christ the King parish in Des Moines and Trevor is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception parish in Saint Marys, Iowa.
Trevor Chicoine wrote in his blog http://tchicoine.blogspot.com/ about the ministry:
Lector is a traditional step along the road to the priesthood. It actually dates back to centuries ago when the majority of the population could not read, and therefore those that were to read the scriptures at Mass needed to have a higher level of education and the ceremonial installation was a way to acknowledge that… What this means is I am now able to proclaim the Word of God at Mass without special local permissions normally required, I am also entrusted with the task of passing on the Word to those in preparation for sacraments, needing no further ‘endorsement.’ As the beautiful prayer at the presentation of the Lectionary says, “"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."
Join us in wishing Ryan, Zach, and Trevor congratulations at this special time in their journey to priesthood! Please pray for them and all of our 21 seminarians.