The ministry of lector, whereby men are commissioned to proclaim the sacred Scriptures in Catholic liturgies, was conferred by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald upon eight seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and 10 men in formation for the permanent diaconate on Saturday, Sept. 17 in St. Martin’s Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood. The bishop also conferred the ministry upon nine other men from four dioceses and the Vincentian order. For Philadelphia, seminarians included David M. Buffum, Marco A. Casanova, Alessandro P. Giardini, John W. Howarth, David P. O’Brien, Alexander W. Pancoast, Quy K. Pham and Anthony M. Raymundo; permanent deacon candidates included Joseph P. Boyle, Gerald J. Cassidy, Henry C. Fila, Franz N. Fruehwald, Matthew A. Horvath, Gregg W. Hoyer, James V. Nash, Mark D. Nowakowski, Paul F. Stoyell-Mulholland and Thomas N. Verna. (Photos by Sarah Webb)