Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


20 students receive ministry of acolyte

February 14, 2014

Pic _news _acolyte _14Twenty priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on February 13, 2014, in the Seminary's St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Charles O. Aketch and Ambrose M. Wanyonyi, Glenmary Home Missioners;
  • Christopher G. Boutin and Jeremiah B. Carter, Archdiocese of Mobile;
  • James M. Brockmeier, Charles A. Peñalosa and Kyle G. Rodden, Archdiocese of Indianapolis;
  • Terrence de Silva and John D. Lijana, Diocese of Lexington;
  • Charles A. Dunn, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau;
  • Mario Jacobo, Michael L. Johns, Richard Taryn Whittington and Norman L. McFall, Diocese of Little Rock;
  • Joseph B. Maher, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois;
  • Kevin E. Panameño, Diocese of Memphis;
  • Adam W. Royal, Diocese of Knoxville;
  • Jude M. Sahayam, Diocese of Palayamkottai, India;
  • Matthew S. Solyntjes, Diocese of Sioux City;
  • Tyler R. Tenbarge, Diocese of Evansville.

An acolyte assists a deacon or priest, primarily in the celebration of Mass. He attends to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. He also may be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, but does not give the Benediction, since he is not a priest or deacon.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers initial and continuing education for priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers. A two-year pre-theology program leads to a Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies. The four-year theology program leads to a Master of Divinity degree.

Lay students can earn a Master of Catholic Philosophical Studies, a Master of Arts in theology or a Master of Arts in pastoral theology. The Permanent Deacon Formation Program offers academic, spiritual and professional formation to permanent deacon candidates, in partnership with individual dioceses.