On February 9, 2022, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary was blessed to have Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC preside over the institution of twelve seminarians to the Ministry of Acolyte. The installation Mass plays an important role in the formation of these men in their journey towards becoming priests. As an acolyte, each man’s primary role will be assisting the deacon and priest during Mass. They may also serve as Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass, bring Holy Eucharist to the sick, and participate in other tasks while aiding the priest and deacon during liturgical celebrations.
The men who were installed as acolytes include: Patrick Thomas Bruen, Archdiocese of Detroit; William Edward Burns, Diocese of Orlando; Brian Thomas Delaney, Archdiocese of Boston; Thomas R. Fallati, Diocese of Albany; John Anthony Ippolito, Archdiocese of New York; Brother John Kim, Saint Joseph Abbey; William Patrick Long, Diocese of Venice; Clifton Troy Mastran, Archdiocese of Washington, DC; Paul D. McDonald, Diocese of Albany; Rayappan Rajesh Ravi, Archdiocese of New York; Brother Charles Andrew Tupta, Rock Hill Oratory; John Paul Williams, Diocese of Springfield.
Please join us in praying for these men as they continue on their journey of studying to become priests so that they may serve God and His people.
Read Cardinal Wilton Gregory’s Homily for Ministry of Acolyte
Enjoy more photos on our Flickr album found here: Ministry Of Acolyte February 2022