Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Ministry of Acolyte 2018

Posted on 24. May, 2018 in Banner, Carousel

Bishop Patrick Walsh, Mr Colm Hagan. Credit for Images: Fr Damian Szewczyk

On Wednesday 23rd May 2018 Mr Colm Hagan, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Armagh, was conferred with the Ministry of Acolyte by Bishop Patrick Walsh, Bishop-Emeritus of the Diocese of Down & Connor. 

The Ministry of Acolyte is the second ministry received by those preparing for ordination as a deacon and priest. The first ministry is Lector. Prior to ordination as a deacon seminarians enter Candidacy, the third step on the journey towards ordination. 

Mr Colm Hagan pictured with Bishop Patrick Walsh as well as seminarians and staff of the Pontifical Irish College. Credit for Images: Fr Damian Szewczyk

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §98, “the acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular, it is his responsibility to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if it is necessary, as an extraordinary minister, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful. In the ministry of the altar, the acolyte has his own functions (cf. nos. 187-193), which he must perform personally.”