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Six men instituted as acolytes

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Six men were instituted as acolytes Feb. 11 by Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. The liturgy was celebrated on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

The six men instituted as acolytes included: Philip Anderson, Felipe T. Averia, Malcolm L. D’Souza, Kenneth J. Galvin, Anthony J. Renzette and Peter A. Reyda. As acolytes, they are now one step closer to being ordained permanent deacons. The ordination is expected to take place in January 2019. They will assist the bishop and the priests at the altar and distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as extraordinary ministers.

The bishop prayed over the candidates, then presented each of them with the chalice saying, “Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of His church.”

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge said the sick and suffering remind us of the Lord’s living presence in our midst.

He told the candidates that people will approach you and say, “Give me Jesus.” The bishop instructed them to respond with gratitude, compassion and trust, and to be instruments of God’s healing love.

“You can only bring Jesus to others if you allow Him to penetrate your life,” the bishop said.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017