January 25, 2013

Two archdiocesan seminarians at Pontifical North American College instituted as readers

On Jan. 13, 55 seminarians of the Pontifical North American College were instituted to the Ministry of Reader during a celebration of the Eucharist.

Seminarians Anthony Hollowell and Matthew Tucci of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, who are in their first year of theological studies at the Pontifical North American College, were among those seminarians instituted. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new readers.

The Ministry of Reader is one of the ministries seminarians receive as they proceed toward diaconal and priestly ordination. As the rite indicates, a reader is charged with proclaiming the Word of God in the liturgical assembly.

Founded in 1859 by Blessed Pius IX, the Pontifical North American College serves as the American house of studies in Rome, where more than 5,000 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 allows its students to study the Church’s rich religious and cultural heritage at close range. †

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