Taking another step in their vocational journey, two seminarians have been instituted to the ministry of acolytes in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Adam Carlow and Matthew Dimian from the Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, were instituted by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, during Mass at St Oliver Plunkett Parish, Harris Park on Sunday 8 November.
“At the installation Mass I felt, and I still feel, both deeply honoured and undeserving to be entrusted with this holy responsibility,” Matthew told Catholic Outlook.
During the Mass, Bishop Vincent joyfully welcomed Adam and Matthew to their new ministry.
“This step is a further commitment to self-sacrifice, humble service and servant leadership, which is the core of the priesthood of Jesus Christ,” Bishop Vincent said.
“They will put themselves at the service of the Christian community, ministering around the altar and also going out to the sick and housebound in order to strengthen them with the gift of Our Lord.”
Adam described that as an acolyte, he looks forward to “spending time with God, both at the altar and out in the community.
“It’s an important part of my formation as a young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Through this ministry, I hope to come closer to Christ in the Eucharist.”
Matthew explained that he was humbled to have been instituted as an acolyte, and understands that his responsibilities are not just reserved for the celebration of Mass.
“At the installation, I was struck by how much external, liturgical actions of the acolyte must flow from the holiness of their interior life.
“He must, every day, offer himself entirely to God and be an example for others to imitate, so that his life may be in harmony with the service he offers God in Mass,” he said.
After being instituted as acolytes, Adam and Matthew will, in time, be ordained to the diaconate, ahead of their anticipated ordination to the priesthood.
Adam is currently ministering at St Paul the Apostle Parish, Winston Hills, with Matthew serving at Sacred Heart Parish Luddenham-Warragamba.
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