Saturday, May 12, 2012

Eight Dominican student brothers instituted as acolytes

Eight of our student brothers were instituted as acolytes during the conventual Mass at Saint Saviour's Dominican church today, May 12th, 2012. The provincial of the Irish Dominican friars, fr Patrick Lucey OP presided.

The eight brothers (Daragh McNally, Ronan Connolly, Damian Polly, David McGovern, James Cassidy, Patrick Desmond, Conor McDonough and Eoin Casey) will now assist the major ministers in the sacred liturgy.

Traditionally, becoming an acolyte is one of the stages on the path to both diaconal and priestly ordination.
Acolytes assist particularly at the altar and are the first group of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion which the Church has.

As the prior provincial instituted the brothers as acolytes he placed either the chalice or paten in their hands with these words:

Take this vessel of bread (or wine)
for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Make your life worthy of your service
at the table of the Lord and of His Church.


Please pray for our brothers in formation and for an increase in vocations to the Dominican friars in Ireland.

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