Men who are in formation for ordination to the permanent diaconate or the priesthood receive two “Institutions” during their formation. The first is Reader, which occurs after training to proclaim the scripture at Mass. The second is Acolyte, which enables the man to assist at the Altar during Mass, setting the Altar, clearing it after communion and purifying the sacred vessels. It is a step that used to be considered a ‘minor order.’
These men were scheduled to receive Institution two weeks ago but inclement weather postponed the Mass nail this evening. Should the men continue to discern their vocation as Catholic Permanent Deacons and be accepted by the Archbishop, they will be ordained in February of 2018. Congratulations on this important step in you formation journey!