Celebrating the Institution of Acolytes

Posted on January 20, 2022

Our community celebrated the Institution of Acolytes for 13 seminarians from eight dioceses on Wednesday, January 19. The seminarians are appointed to the ministry of acolyte as an important step on their journey to receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders. We are grateful to Most Reverend Ronald Hicks ’94, bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, for celebrating the Acolyte Mass.

The acolyte attends to the service of the altar, assisting the deacon and the priest during liturgical celebrations, especially in preparing the altar for the Eucharist at Mass. The role of the acolyte is similar to the duties carried out by an altar server and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, however, as installed acolytes, they now assist at the altar at which they will one day preside. In addition, an acolyte is entrusted with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for adoration, but an acolyte may not offer Benediction.

These newly installed seminarians will now begin serving as acolytes during community liturgies.

Please keep our new Acolytes in your prayers.

God of Mercy, through your only Son, you entrusted the bread of life to your Church.  Bless our brothers who have been chosen for the ministry of acolyte.  Grant that they may be faithful in the service of your altar and in giving to others the Bread of Life; may they grow always in faith and love, and so build up your Church.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Each candidate approaches the Bishop, who gives him the paten with bread to be consecrated saying:
Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of His Church. 

Watch Bishop Hicks' homily from the Acolyte Mass.

Candidates for the Ministry of Acolyte

Jeffrey Grant Filipski
Diocese of Rockford

Thanh Si Ho
Diocese of San Jose

Brother Quinn McDevitt Huston
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Archdiocese of Chicago

Andre William Klaes
Diocese of Grand Rapids

Hung Van Le
Archdiocese of Dubuque

Brother Kevin Michael Menard
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Archdiocese of Chicago

Isaac Jerome Neppel
Archdiocese of Dubuque

Lee William Noel
Diocese of Cheyenne

Ryan Glenn Nooraee
Diocese of Rockford

Ian Andre Ordonez
Diocese of Rockford

Daniel Ivan Sanchez Garcia
Diocese of Yakima

Christian Andrew Sinclair
Diocese of Joliet

Timothy Patrick Weber
Archdiocese of Dubuque