On February 3, 2021, eight seminarians attending Pope John XXIII National Seminary were instituted into the Ministry of Lector by the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan of the Diocese of Columbus. These men are Joseph Danzi, Diocese of Brooklyn; James DiVasto, Diocese of Bridgeport; Gustavo Correa Garcia, Diocese of Worcester; Jason Fox, Diocese of Columbus; Peterclaver Kiviiri, Diocese of Columbus; Luis Marquez, Diocese of Brooklyn; Edgar Serrano, Diocese of Orlando; and Aaron Yohe, Diocese of Columbus.
Those who are in formation to be ordained as Catholic priests must serve in the Ministry of Lector in order to prepare them for their future role as proclaimers of the Word of God through their work in the community and through the celebration of Mass and other liturgical rites. The principal duties of the lector at a Sunday Mass are to proclaim the word. In the absence of a deacon, the lector may carry the Gospel Book to the altar in the entrance procession and proclaim the petitions for the Universal Prayer. The lector may also lead the responsorial psalm in the absence of a cantor. One way to sum up these new responsibilities can be found in the words that the Bishop will proclaim – “You will proclaim that word in the liturgical assembly, instruct children and adults in the faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments worthily.”
We offer our congratulations to these men and pray that their new roles as lectors will enable them to further pursue their preparation to become priests and serve the faithful.