The Pontifical North American College

February 28, 2018

Acolyte Installation 2018

On Sunday, February 25th, the second Sunday of Lent, forty-seven men in the Second Year Class of the Pontifical North American College were instituted as acolytes.

The Most Reverend Joseph Di Noia, O.P. was the celebrant of this beautiful Rite of Institution during the Mass. Archbishop Di Noia addressed the men about to be instituted in his homily, encouraging them to see the Transfiguration of Jesus as an image of the priestly vocation to which they aspire and to which they come closer by this ministry.

Following the homily, Archbishop Di Noia instituted the men, and during the rite presented each candidate with a paten filled with hosts. As he handed over the paten, he instructed them: “Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of His Church.”

Over the coming weeks of Lent, the men will serve at house liturgies and will also have the opportunity to serve at the Station Churches throughout the city of Rome.