Students receive ministry of acolyte

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thirteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on February 14, in the Seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Bishop Peter Libasci, of the Diocese of Manchester, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Cajetan Agouvi, OSB, and Br. Justin Dodzi Ayanou, OSB, Abbaye de L'Ascension, Togo
  • Shawn W. Bohac, Diocese of Lexington, KY
  • Garrett D. Braun, Diocese of Evansville, IN
  • Alexander M. Crow, Archdiocese of Mobile, AL
  • David A. Gagnon, Diocese of Manchester, NH
  • Brother Simon Herrmann, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey
  • Brian M. McCaffrey, Diocese of Salina, KS
  • Minh Quan Nguyen and Dinh Loi Pham, Archdiocese of Louisville, KY
  • Callixte Senani, Diocese of Gikongoro, Rwanda
  • Joshua M. Votruba, Diocese of Tulsa, OK
  • Linh Xuan Vu, Diocese of Cheyenne, WY

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.