On February 10, 2021, Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary was blessed to have His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, preside over the institution of two pre-theology seminarians, eight first year seminarians and one second year seminarian to the Ministry of Acolyte. Though the installation Mass was different from past years, because of COVID-19 safety protocols, the important role it plays in the formation of these men in their journey towards becoming priests remains equally important.
As an Acolyte, these men’s primary role will be assisting the Deacon and Priest during Mass, with a focus on ensuring the altar is prepared. They may also serve as Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and bring Holy Eucharist to the sick. They will also participate in various as-needed tasks, while aiding the priest and deacon during liturgical celebrations.
The men who were installed as Acolytes include: Victor Andreozzi ‘24, Diocese of Fall River; Gustavo Correa Garcia ‘23, Diocese of Worcester; Sinclair Cushmore ‘25, Diocese of Orlando; Gregory Dougherty ‘24, Diocese of Saint Thomas; Joseph Gonzalez ‘24, Archdiocese of Washington; Maximilian Marcott ‘25, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City; Barry Mongeon ‘24, Archdiocese of Boston; Stephen Mullaney ‘24, Diocese of Worcester; John Tanyi ‘24, Archdiocese of Boston; Gerardo Tlatelpa ‘24, Diocese of Brooklyn; and Gregory Zingler ‘24, Archdiocese of Washington.
We offer our congratulations to these men and pray that their new roles as acolytes will enable them to further pursue their preparation to become priests and serve the faithful.
You can watch the Installation Mass in its entirety on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrIvN0-r-e-l6VYv-MqxegQ/videos