Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald conferred the ministry of lector for eight men in the permanent deacon formation program on Sept. 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.
Those receiving the ministry, which empowers the men to proclaim the word of God in Catholic liturgies, included Melvin A. Burton, Michael J. Cipressi, Matthew D. Coyne, William J. Griffin, Christopher J. Hilden, Steven M. Javie, Gary D. Schoenenberger and Edward M. Twiss.
The bishop was the main celebrant of the Mass in Immaculate Conception Chapel. Concelebrants included Father Patrick Brady, dean of the school of diaconal formation; Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of the seminary; plus pastors and priest friends of the candidates. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald (left) prays the prayer of institution of lector, while holding the Bible, with Steven M. Javie.
Gary D. Schoenenberger
Edward M. Twiss
Matthew D. Coyne (left) and Christopher J. Hilden
Christopher J. Hilden (center left) and Steven M. Javie
Melvin A. Burton, with his wife behind him, pray together with the congregation.
Listening to the prayers by Bishop Fitzgerald, the candidates for the ministry of lector include (from left) Michael J. Cipressi, Melvin A. Burton, William J. Griffin, Matthew D. Coyne, Steven M. Javie, Christopher J. Hilden, Edward M. Twiss, Gary D. Schoenenberger.
Deacon Thomas Taylor incenses the Book of Gospels before proclaiming the reading.
Edward M. Twiss
Melvin A. Burton
Michael J. Cipressi
Matthew D. Coyne
William J. Griffin
Christopher J. Hilden