Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Students receive ministry of acolyte

March 03, 2017

Thirteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on March 2, 2017, in the Seminary's St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of the Archdiocese of Louisville, installed the acolytes.

The seminarians receiving the ministry were:

  • Gregory Marc Bentley and Aldrin Tayag, Diocese of Lexington
  • Michael Bialorucki and Peter Grodi, Diocese of Toledo
  • Ross Caniglia and Timothy Pick, Diocese of Sioux City
  • Anthony Cecil Jr. and Steven Reeves, Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Patrick Gilbreath, Archdiocese of Mobile
  • Luke Hassler and Andrew Thomas, Diocese of Evansville
  • John Herrera, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
  • Mark Schuster, Diocese of Knoxville

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, which is reserved for a priest or deacon.