DOS seminarians instituted to ministry

Isaiah Schick (top row, far right) was instituted to the ministry of lector in September by Bishop Jeffrey Haines, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. (Photo credit: Facebook/Saint Francis de Sales Seminary)

“As readers and bearers of God’s word, you will assist in this mission, and so take on a special office within the Christian community; you will be given a responsibility in the service of the faith, which is rooted in the word of God,” reads the prayer from the rite of institution to the ministry of lector.

The ministry of lector is the second of three formal steps that the church requires before ordination to the diaconate and priesthood. After formally stating their intention to be formed for ordination – the rite of candidacy – the ministry of lector formally recognizes the relation the man is called to have with the Scriptures, applying himself to study it and proclaiming it for the good of the church.

The ministry of acolyte is the final step and formally recognizes willingness to serve the community through the liturgical rites.

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