Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Students receive ministry of acolyte

February 20, 2015

Twenty-six priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on February 19, 2015, in the Seminary's St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Brandon Bigam and Jeffrey Childers, Diocese of Lexington, KY
  • William Burmester, Stephen Hart, Ramses Mendieta-Lacayo and James Womack, Diocese of Little Rock, AR
  • Omar Davila Garcia and Ryan McCandless, Diocese of Salina, KS
  • Kelly Edwards and Edwin Nalagan, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Christopher Floersh, Diocese of Knoxville, TN
  • Br. Stephen Lawson, OSB, St. Anselm Abbey
  • Hyeonggyu Lee and Sangbeom Park, Diocese of Busan, South Korea
  • Patrick Muriithi, Glenmary Home Missioners
  • Nicholas Napolitano, Joseph O'Gorman and Jeremy Winter, Archdiocese of Mobile, AL
  • Br. David N'Djam, OSB, Monastere de l'Incarnation d'Agbang, Togo
  • Dua Nguyen and Tam Nguyen, Diocese of Hanoi, Vietnam
  • John Pfister and Jerry Pratt, Diocese of Evansville, IN
  • Matthew Schmitz, Diocese of Crookston, MN.

An acolyte assists a deacon or priest, primarily in the celebration of Mass. He attends to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. He also may be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, but does not give the Benediction, since he is not a priest or deacon.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers initial and continuing education for priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers. A two-year pre-theology program leads to a Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies. The four-year theology program leads to a Master of Divinity degree.

Lay students can earn a Master of Catholic Philosophical Studies, a Master of Arts in theology or a Master of Arts in pastoral theology. The Permanent Deacon Formation Program offers academic, spiritual and professional formation to permanent deacon candidates, in partnership with individual dioceses.