We were blessed to have Bishop Daniel Conlon from the Diocese of Joliet and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann from the Diocese of Kansas City presiding at Mass and the Institution of Lectors.
Thirty seminarians from eleven dioceses were called by name for this special role in the Church. An explanation of this role is found in the rite itself, as prayed by the bishop:
Through his Son, who became man for us, God the Father has revealed the mystery of salvation and brought it to fulfillment. Jesus Christ made all things known to us and then entrusted his Church with the mission of preaching the Gospel to the whole world.
As readers and bearers of God’s word, you will assist in this mission, and so take on a special office within the Christian community; you will be given a responsibility in the service of the faith, which is rooted in the word of God. You will proclaim that word in the liturgical assembly, instruct children and adults in the faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments worthily. You will bring the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it. Thus with your help men and women will come to know God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ, whom he sent, and so be able to reach eternal life.
In proclaiming God’s word to others, accept it yourselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Meditate on it constantly, so that each day you will have a deeper love of the Scriptures, and in all you say and do show forth to the world our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please join us in praying that these men grow in wisdom and love of the Scriptures through their new roles as lectors.
Larry Josue Basbas, Chicago, IL
Arthur Jedh Bautista, Chicago, IL
Andrew Thomas Scott Buchanan, Joliet, IL
Jose Menemil Piczon Cerna, Joliet, IL
Eugene Nelson Chipman, Chicago, IL
Robert Gerard Cotta, Atlanta, GA
Dominic Thomas Couturier, Grand Rapids, MI
James Joseph Flattery, Davenport, IA
Ismael Garcia, Chicago, IL
Roger Patrick Gorman, Chicago, IL
Michael Roy Groth, Joliet, IL
James Douglas Guarascio, Joliet, IL
Peter Michael Infanger, Joliet, IL
Benjamin Daniel Johnson, Green Bay, WI
Johnathan William Johnson, Grand Rapids, MI
Henry Dean Lyon, Chicago, IL
Martin R. Marulanda, Chicago, IL
Jacob John Paul Wm McDaniel, Gary, IN
Theodore Edward McManigal, Chicago, IL
Daniel Robert Orris, Jr., Grand Rapids, MI
Edgar Quiroga-Ceballos, Yakima, WA
Joseph Michael Richards, La Crosse, WI
Kevin Michael Ripley, Green Bay, WI
Senovio Sarabia, Jr., Joliet, IL
Samuel James Schultz, Green Bay, WI
Joseph James Sevcik, Dubuque, IA
Ramon Sida III, Joliet, IL
Frank Soto, Chicago, IL
James Christopher Wallace, Juneau, AK
Kamil Zbigniew Ziolkowski, Chicago, IL