On Saturday, March 17, Auxiliary Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski instituted five permanent deacon candidates to the ministry of acolyte and ten others to the ministry of lector during an early evening Mass in the chapel at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.

Acolytes serve at the altar by assisting deacons and ministering to priests during Mass. They may also expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration. Lectors are permitted to read Scripture, except for the Gospel, in liturgical settings and are expected to increase their knowledge of the Word of God so it can be proclaimed with authority.

Instituted as acolytes: Michael Boldizar (St. Anne, Garden City), Joseph Guglielmo (St. Mary, East Islip), Albert Matousek (St. Bernard, Levittown), Christopher Quinn (St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage) and Ivan Toro (St. Hedwig, Floral Park). They are scheduled to be ordained to the diaconate in 2019.

Instituted as lectors: Bernard Colvin (St. Joseph, Kings Park), Terrence Culhane (St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia), Michael Durso (St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead), Matthew Faughnan (St. Patrick, Smithtown), Gregory Fewer (Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne), John Heverin (Sacred Heart, North Merrick), Ronald Lacsa (St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage), Gerard Magaldi (St. Aidan, Williston Park), George Sprance Jr. (St. Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point), and Vincent Sweeney (Ss. Peter & Paul, Manorville). Their ordination to the diaconate is scheduled for 2020.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz