During the morning Mass today our Provincial installed Br Sayyane as an acolyte while Br Casmir and Br Anthony were installed as lectors. In his homily Fr Provincial focused on the ministry of a lector and an acolyte as a part of the journey which leads the future priests to exercise the priesthood in depth. He used an example of students from a high school who were required to prepare an piece of art but the focus wasn’t simply on the outcome, on the final item, rather it was to take the students on a journey which from a simple draft, to a more developed item and finally to the piece they worked on. He made an interesting observation that the students who would skip the first stages of the work and went straight to the last step would produce an item that was lacking depth. Priesthood requires depth and the various stages of the seminary formation including the ministries of lector and acolyte serve this very purpose.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest