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Spokane seminarian instituted as acolyte
the Inland Register
(From the March 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
Dale Tuckerman, a seminarian studying for the Spokane Diocese at North American College, Rome, was instituted to the ministry of acoylyte March 4. (IR photo by and courtesy of Brian Buettner)
On Sunday, March 4, 55 seminarians of the Pontifical North American College were instituted to the ministry of acolyte during a celebration of the Eucharist.
Among them was Dale Tuckerman of the Diocese of Spokane, who is in his second year of theological studies.
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis celebrated the Mass and instituted the new acolytes.
Handing to each seminarian the gold paten used in the celebration of the Eucharist, Archbishop Nienstedt said, “Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.”
Archbishop Nienstedt exhorted the new acolytes to live a “truly Eucharistic life” consisting of “integral, intimate love and total commitment to the good of the other.” He encouraged them to exercise the ministry of acolyte “in such a way that you will assist in the building up of the Christian community and of furthering her growth.”
These seminarians have now received both the ministry of lector and acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal, and then priestly, ordination. As the rite indicates, an acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and when needed to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion.