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Sixty-Six Seminarians Instituted as Readers Print E-mail

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ROME, 15 January 2012 - On Sunday, 15 January 2012, sixty-six seminarians of the Pontifical North American College were instituted to the Ministry of Reader during a celebration of the Eucharist. Andrew Garnett and James Hansen of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, who are in their first year of theological studies, were among those seminarians instituted.   

The Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, USA and an alumnus of the College, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new readers.  Among the concelebrants of the Mass were the American bishops present in Rome for their ad limina visits with His Holiness Benedict XVI, including His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and His Excellency Cardinal-elect Edwin O’Brien, Pro-Grandmaster of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and former rector of the Pontifical North American College. 

Handing the book of Sacred Scriptures to each seminarian, Archbishop Broglio said, “Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the Word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of His People.”

In his homily, Archbishop Broglio told the new readers that they are to live their lives “possessed by the word.”  He reminded them that that their institution as readers was not merely a “stepping stone” on the way to priestly ordination, “but rather one more indicator of how we make the presence of Christ resound in a world hungering for Him, but lost in its search amid so many distractions.” 

The Ministry of Reader is one of the ministries seminarians receive as they proceed towards diaconal and priestly ordination.  As the rite indicates, a reader is charged with proclaiming the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, instructing children and adults in the faith, and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily. 

Founded in 1859 by Blessed Pius IX, the Pontifical North American College serves as the American house of studies in Rome, where over 5000 priests have been formed near the heart of the Church for service in dioceses across North America and around the world.  The College strengthens the bonds between Rome and local Churches worldwide, and it allows its students to study the Church’s rich religious and cultural heritage at close range. 

Photos from the Mass are available on the College’s photography website, www.flickr.com/pnac.  If a photograph is going to be published the publication editor or staff must contact Brian Buettner at bbuettner@pnac.org with the filenames of photographs they would like to use in order to obtain permission and photo credit information. 

 

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John Connaughton
Assistant for Media Relations
Pontifical North American College
 jconnaughton@pnac.org
 

 

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