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Jarvis Receives Ministry of Acolyte in Rome
On 6 April 2014, during Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel of the Pontifical North American College, His Excellency Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries at the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican, conferred the Ministry of Acolyte on 53 seminarians, including Christopher Jarvis from the Diocese of Gaylord.
As part of the rite, the Archbishop placed a paten – a small plate of precious metal that contains the hosts of wheat flour used in the Mass – into the hands of each candidate and said, “Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.”
As acolytes, the seminarians are commissioned to serve at the altar at Mass, assist in the purification of communion vessels, and are charged to take Holy Communion to the sick.
Jarvis and the other seminarians are currently in their second year of theological formation for the priesthood. Reception of the Ministry of Acolyte follows reception of the Ministry of Lector, which was conferred upon them last year. It precedes ordination to the transitional diaconate, which usually takes place at the end of the following year.
The Pontifical North American College serves as the American seminary in Rome. The College strengthens the bonds between Rome and local Churches worldwide, and it allows its students to study the Church’s rich religious and cultural heritage at close range. In addition to Jarvis, The Diocese of Gaylord currently has two other seminarians studying there including Matthew Cowan, who is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on June 28 this year and Tyler Bischoff, who is scheduled to be ordained to the transitional diaconate in the fall in Rome.
Also in currently in Rome from the Diocese of Gaylord are Fr. Matthew Furgiuele and Msgr. Daniel Gallagher. Fr. Furgiuele is completing his final year of studies in Canon Law and will return to Northern Michigan this summer. Msgr. Daniel Gallagher, ordained to the priesthood in 1999, currently serves in the Latin Section of the Secretariat of State.
(Photos courtesy of Pontifical North American College.)