This weekend has been a period of great joy for the Diocese as three of our six seminarians took a step forward in their formation for priesthood by receiving the Ministry of Reader.
Robert James and Jonathan Stogdon were instituted as Readers by Archbishop Stack in a ceremony at Allen Hall Seminary in London yesterday. Whilst Nicholas Williams was instituted as Reader by Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia in a ceremony at Oscott Seminary this morning. On the journey towards ordination seminarians pass through three phases through three phases the Ministry of Reader being the first.
The Ministry of Reader
Those men admitted to the Ministry of Reader as part of their formation take on the responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God at Liturgical celebrations and teaching the deposit of faith as catechists. The difference between a Reader and readers/catechists as you would find within a parish is twofold:
- Within a parish environment these ministries only apply to people within the boundaries of their parish. For an instituted Reader of the Universal Church the ministries are universal (can be performed anywhere the Church resides).
- Unlike parish ministries where the persons involved are normally in place for a fixed time and have to renew their promises, a duly instituted Reader retains the ministries for life.
Assisting the priests and deacons by sharing in their function
Ministries are always at the service of God and his Church. By taking on these roles Robert, Jonathan and Nicholas have promised to assist the priests and deacons in caring for the faithful. These roles will one day, please God, come to their fullness with ordination.
A sign of hope in the diocese
These three men make up 50% of our diocesan seminarians. They are joined by Daniel Stanton and Laurence Bryce who are both currently in seminary formation at Oscott and Allen Hall respectively, and Rev. Michael Doyle who was ordained Deacon in December and is currently on pastoral placement at St. Dyfrig’s Treforest.
There are also a number of men enquiring about service in the diocese as priests and meet with the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Paul Millar. Fr Paul is available to speak to anyone interested in exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood. He is the parish priest of St. John Lloyd on Glan-y-Mor Road in Cardiff. He can be contacted by telephone on 02920 778631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for our seminarians and those enquiring about priesthood that they will continue to be attentive to the voice of the Lord in their lives, and that they will have the courage to take up God’s call.
Many congratulations Robert, Jonathan and Nicholas you are very much in our prayers!