Students receive ministry of acolyte

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thirteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on February 15, in the Seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Charles Thompson, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Jin Yong (Francisco) Bark, Diocese of Masan, South Korea
  • Peter O. Chineke, Diocese of Springfield, IL
  • Michael M. Dedek, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN
  • Edwin H. Jarboe, Archdiocese of Louisville, KY
  • Jin Ho (Paul) Kim and Tae Sang (Andrew) Yun, Diocese of Busan, South Korea
  • Gabriel V. Mills, Connor R. Plessala and Peyton J. Plessala, Archdiocese of Mobile, AL
  • Samual Mwangi Mungai, Glenmary Home Missioners
  • Michaelprakasam Puthumaisavari, Diocese of Palayamkottai, India
  • Dan M. Taylor, Diocese of Lexington, KY
  • Nicholas S. Newton, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO

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, which is reserved for a priest or deacon.