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 Thirty-two Seminarians Move Closer to the Priesthood in Annual Ministries Mass

MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. – In a concelebrated Mass on Thursday, March 16, in the Mount Angel Abbey church, 32 seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary were instituted into the ministries of Acolyte and Lector. For these men, from 18 dioceses and religious communities from around the western United States and beyond, this moved them closer toward ordination as Catholic priests.

Presided over by the Most Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Bishop of Boise, those being instituted in the ministries were called to make a heart-felt response to their calling to the priesthood. In explaining the meaning of the morning liturgy, Bishop Christensen referred to the First Reading from the Book of Nehemiah. In the reading, said Bishop Christensen, “Ezra read clearly from the Book of the Law. As he read, the response of the people was that they began to weep. They were moved to tears.”

That is also reminiscent of the passage in Hebrews: “God’s word is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword.” This is a testament to the power of the Word of God, said Bishop Christensen, that these newly instituted Lectors are called to proclaim to God’s people.

Bishop Christensen also reminded the seminarians and congregation that we tend to live a fast-paced life. “We are in haste,” he said, “and there is a danger that we don’t take time to ponder, think, and reflect.” Celebrations of the Liturgy, such as this Ministries Mass, said the bishop, invite us to stop, slow down, and reflect about why we are here and why it is important.

On behalf of their bishop or religious superior, Bishop Christensen instituted the following men into the ministry of Lector: from the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Ethan Alano and Anthony Galati; from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Jordan Sanchez; from the Archdiocese of Seattle, Junghoon (Val) Park; from the Diocese of Baker, Caleb Cunningham; from the Diocese of Boise, Nelson Cintra, Joshua Falce, Peter Murphy; from the Diocese of Fairbanks, Benjamin Doudna; from the Diocese of Fresno, Bonaventure Okoro;  from the Diocese of Las Vegas, Rogelio Molina Carrillo; from the Diocese of Orange, Cheeyoon Chun; from the Diocese of Reno, Jesús Gonzalez; from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Luis de Dios Hernandez, Dominic Sternhagen; from the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, Viane Ilimaleota; from the Diocese of San Diego, Josué Jiménez; from Mount Angel Abbey, Br. Israel Sanchez, O.S.B.; from the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Br. John Cannon, O.C.D.; from the Saint John Society, Juan Mas Feijoo, Francesco Paolillo.

On behalf of their bishop or religious superior, Bishop Christensen instituted the following men into the ministry of Acolyte: from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Joseph Baltz, Nathan Lopez, Timothy Meurer; from the Diocese of Boise, John Mosier; from the Diocese of Orange, Michael Rizzo, Phillip Shifflet; from the Diocese of Sacramento, Ryan Mahar; from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Luis de Dios Hernandez, Dominic Sternhagen; from the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, Viane Ilimaleota; from the Diocese of San Diego, Raymond Philip Napuli, Michael O’Connor; from Mount Angel Abbey, Br. Timothy Kalange, O.S.B., Br. Jesús Maria Leija, O.S.B.

A reception was held for the new Lectors, Acolytes, visitors, faculty, staff, and monks in Aquinas Hall following the Mass.