Bishop David A. Konderla Installs Acolytes11.16.17
The installation to the Ministry of Acolyte took place in the Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great as Bishop Konderla handed each of the eleven men installed a chalice and paten and said: "Take these vessels with bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church." The men replied, “Amen,” and handed them back.
Bishop Konderla spoke of the witness of Father Stanley Rother, a martyr, who was recently beatified. Blessed Stanley, a native of Oklahoma, was a missionary to Guatemala. He returned to his family farm after being warned he was in danger. After two months he returned to Guatemala “because the shepherds cannot run at the first sign of danger,” Fr. Stanley said. The farmer priest was assassinated in his rectory on July 28, 1981. Bishop Konderla spoke of Fr. Stanley looking over the “plowed field” of the family farm and coming to the decision to return to the people who needed him, his people, back in Guatemala. This is the model of priestly service and a priestly heart, the Bishop told those receiving the Ministry of Acolyte.
Ministry of Acolyte is one of the three formal, liturgical steps toward diaconate ordination. These steps begin with the Rite of Candidacy followed by the Ministry of Lector and then the Ministry of Acolyte. With the blessing of God and the Church, the Rite of Ordination is the final step.
Congratulations to those newly installed as acolytes!
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Aaron Charles Hess
Edward John Hoffmann
Louis Paul Jacquemin
Michael Andrew Kapolka
Anthony James Marcelli
Kenneth Scott Morgan
Elijah Richard Puthoff
John Andrew Stein
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Kendall Allen Ketterlin
Diocese of Tulsa
Manuel Andrés Lazaro-Quintero
Diocese of Youngstown
Scott Jason Brand
Click the following link to view a photo gallery from the installation to the Ministry of Acolyte http://www.mtsm.org/PhotoGalleries/PhotoGallery71.aspx
Photo Credit (l to r) Front Row: Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, Michael Kapolka, K. Scott Morgan, Manuel Lazaro-Quintero, Bishop David Konderla, John Stein, Kendall Ketterlin, Scott Brand. Second Row: Aaron Hess, Edward Hoffmann, Elijah Puthoff, Louis Jacquemin, Anthony Marcelli , Father Anthony Brausch.
Photos by E.L. Hubbard Photography.