St. John Vianney Chapel at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will be the sending for the Rite of Acolyte, Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside during the Mass, which is a rite on the path to priestly ordination.
Three seminarians will receive Acolyte: Martin Gallagher, Luke Uebler and Cole Webster.
A native of South Buffalo, and having grown up at St. Teresa's Parish, Gallagher (top left) is a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He worked as a bank teller and an assistant English teacher for the Kawai-mura Board of Education, Kawai-mura, in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Uebler (lower right) is from Elma and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Springbrook. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gannon University in Erie, Penn., while in formation at St. Mark Seminary. Prior to his enrollment at Christ the King Seminary, he worked as a distribution services aide and as a chaplain at Schoellkopf Scout Camp.
Webster (lower left) hails from Amherst. He is a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Buffalo. His degree is in hospitality and tourism from State University College at Buffalo. He has a background in office management.
In the Diocese of Buffalo, seminarians in First Year Theology receive the ministry of Lector, followed by Acolyte during the second year. Candidacy is received in the summer as seminarians enter Fourth Year Theology, with candidates ordained Transitional Deacons during the Fall of Fourth Year Theology. They are ordained to the priesthood the following June, a month after they are graduated from the seminary.
According to the Book of Rites, “The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister. In the same extraordinary circumstances an acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people.”
The Mass is open to the public. All are welcome.
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