Deacon candidates instructed to be ‘salt and light’ as lectors

Laura Keener, Editor.

Eighteen men — 13 from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and five from the Diocese of Covington — were instituted into the ministry of lector, Feb. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. These men are candidates for the permanent diaconate and are studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati. Bishop Roger Foys was the celebrant and homilist. Msgr. William Neuhaus, director, diaconate formation, Diocese of Covington; and Father David Sunberg, director, diaconate formation, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, were among the concelebrants.

While the ministry of lector is available to all the lay faithful, for these men, the ministry of lector is a step in their formation towards ordination to the permanent diaconate. A lector reads the Word of God — except the Gospel — at Mass and liturgical celebrations. When a deacon or cantor is not present, the lector presents the intentions and may lead the congregation in song.

About the candidates, Bishop Foys said, “They will be salt and light to God’s people through their daily lives and, in this instance, through their ministry of lector of proclaiming God’s word and teaching others to proclaim God’s Word.”

Bishop Foys invited everyone to join him in praying for the candidates as they continue their formation.
“As they are instituted in this ministry, I ask you to pray, along with me, … that God will give them the wisdom and the grace and the courage that they will need to always proclaim God’s Word, certainly from the pulpit but more effectively by the lives they lead.”