Instituting a Lector: On the Road to Priesthood

 
 Mr. Andrew Henry White, on November 16th is to be instituted as a Lector at St. Stephen’s Parish, in Stephenville. He is a Seminarian for our Diocese, that is, a man studying for the Priesthood. Born in Pasadena in 1982, he attended Memorial University for a B.A. and a B.Ed., and then taught for three years in Ontario. While Mr. White is currently spending an Internship/Pastoral Year at St. Stephen’s, he began attending St. Peter’s Seminary in 2008 to train for the Priesthood of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

 A Lector is one of the official readers of the Church. They proclaim God’s Word – other than the Gospel – during the Holy Mass and during other liturgies, present the intentions for the Prayers of the Faithful, help direct singing, and serve as Catechists. Certainly lay people perform the functions of the Lector as ‘readers’ or in many other ministries, but the Ministry of Lector is also specifically noted as a step along the path to the priesthood. A man is first instituted into the Ministry of Lector, then into the Ministry of Acolyte. At some part of the path, he must be officially recognised as a Candidate for Ordination. Generally, this is done as the third step.

 All the faithful of the Diocese are warmly invited to this event. It will be a good opportunity to see that the Diocese goes well beyond our own Parish! All of Western Newfoundland and most of Labrador are united together as a Diocesan Church, and this is a chance to see this in action.

 For those men who are considering entering the priesthood, this might be a good opportunity for some spiritual guidance. Getting together with other men with the same interest, at the same time, may help you to discern God’s calling. If you have any questions or interest in the priesthood, feel free to check the Vocations page, or to contact the Diocese at: diocese@nf.aibn.com . Please keep Mr. White in your prayers.