Five seminarians for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, plus eight from other dioceses and religious orders at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, received the ministry of acolyte May 2 at the seminary in Wynnewood. Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln was the main celebrant for the Mass in St. Martin’s Chapel.

Seminarians instituted as acolytes are ordinary ministers of the holy Communion, and will distribute the Eucharist as they continue their priestly formation at the seminary. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Manuel Flores (right) and family

Manuel Flores (right rear) and his family pose for a photo with Bishop James Conley (center) and Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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13 men were instituted in to the ministry of acolytes

Thirteen¬†men were instituted into the ministry of acolytes in St. Martin’s Chapel at the seminary.

Keith Beaver

Keith Beaver becomes an acolyte.

Matthew Brody

Matthew Brody receives a ciborium, a vessel containing the Eucharist for distribution, during the institution rite.

Brian Connelly

Brian Connelly

Manuel Flores

Manuel Flores

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice

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Bishop Conley (center) of Lincoln, Nebraska, celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist along with Bishop Timothy Senior (left) and priest faculty of the seminary in St. Martin’s Chapel.

Keith Beaver offers his nieces a sign of peace

Keith Beaver offers his nieces a sign of peace at Mass.

after mass Bishop Senior address the men

Bishop Senior, seminary rector, address the men near the conclusion of Mass.

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top row Brian Connelly, Keith Beaver, Manuel Flores, Jonathan Rice, Matthew Brody

Philadelphia seminarians receiving acolyte include (top row, from left) Brian Connelly, Keith Beaver, Manuel Flores, Jonathan Rice and Matthew Brody.

Keith Beaver and family

Keith Beaver and his family pose for a photo with the bishops.