Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Students receive ministry of acolyte

February 22, 2016

Acolyte -ministry -for -webEighteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on February 18, 2016, in the Seminary's St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

Nathan Brunn, Diocese of Crookston
Jay Cartwright, Archdiocese of Nassau, Bahamas
Timothy DeCrane, Vincent Gillmore and Jeffrey Dufresne, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
William Dunbar, Andrew Jones and Gilbert Pierre, Archdiocese of Mobile
David Farrell, Kien Nguyen and Minh Vu, Archdiocese of Louisville
Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Andrew Hammeke, Diocese of Salina
James Harding, Diocese of Lexington
Clark Lenz, Diocese of Cheyenne
Vuong Luong, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Richard Toboso, Glenmary Home Missioners
Mark Tracy, Diocese of Springfield, IL


An acolyte assists a deacon or priest, primarily in the celebration of Mass. He attends to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. He also may be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, but does not give the Benediction, which is reserved for a priest or deacon. 

Photo: Archbishop Joseph Tobin installs Vincent Gillmore and Andrew Hammeke (partially hidden) as acolytes.