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Matt Cowan Instituted to Acolyte
Matthew Cowan, from the Diocese of Gaylord, was one of 55 seminarians of the Pontifical North American College instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte during the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist on March 4, 2012. The Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new acolytes. After handing to each seminarian the gold paten used in the celebration of the Eucharist, Archbishop Nienstedt said, Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church. In his homily, Archbishop Nienstedt preached to the men about their new responsibility and service in the Church. These seminarians have now received both the ministry of Lector and Acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal ordinations and, God-willing, priestly ordination. As the rite indicates, an acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and when needed to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. Cowan is the son of Al and Kathy Cowan of Petoskey and is currently completing his second year of study at Pontifical North American College in Rome. Photo courtesy of Brian Buettner-PNAC PHOTO