Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Students receive ministry of lector

February 20, 2015

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

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Nathan Brunn, Diocese of Crookston, MN
  • Jay Cartwright, Archdiocese of Nassau, Bahamas
  • Jose de Orbegozo, Stephen Elser, Keith Higginbotham and Patrick Friend, Diocese of Little Rock, AR
  • Timothy DeCrane, Jeffrey Dufresne and Vince Gillmore, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN
  • William Dunbar, Andrew Jones and Gilbert Pierre, Archdiocese of Mobile, AL
  • Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey
  • Andrew Hammeke, Diocese of Salina, KS
  • James Harding, Diocese of Lexington, KY
  • Br. Linus Klucsarits, OSB, St. Bernard Abbey
  • Clark Lenz, Diocese of Cheyenne, WY
  • Boniface Mecha, Glenmary Home Missioners
  • Vuong Luong, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kien Nguyen and Minh Vu, Archdiocese of Louisville, KY
  • Cody Sandschafer and Mark Tracy, Diocese of Springfield, IL.

The ministry of lector is conferred upon those who prepare and proclaim readings from Scripture at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. A lector also may recite psalms between the readings and present the intentions for the general intercessions.

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 and 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.