Institution of Acolytes


Bishop Louis Kihneman, the Bishop of Biloxi, instituted seminarians into the ministry of acolyte on Friday, October 25, 2019. The ministry of acolyte is the final ministry before seminarians are ordained to the diaconate. In the rite of institution, the bishop hands those to be instituted a patent with bread and says, “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.” There were 27 seminarians instituted as acolytes:
From the diocese of Alexandria, David Keran.
From the diocese of Atlanta, Steven Shlapak.
From the diocese of Biloxi, Adam Frey, Leszek Kwasniowski, and Tomasz Powroznik.
From the diocese of Birmingham, Charles Deering II.
From the diocese of Dallas, Kevin Kolker, Dennis O’Donnell, James Rians, Miguel Sotelo, and Francis Vu.
From the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Stephen Castille.
From the diocese of Jackson, Andrew Bowden.
From the diocese of Lafayette, Brent Didier, John Dugas, and Nicholas Ware.
From the diocese of Lake Charles, Scott Chester.
From the diocese of Memphis, Alberto Melgoza-Verduzco.
From the diocese of Nashville, Patrick Held, and Anthony Romeo.
From the diocese of New Orleans, Jody DiMaggio III, Cory Ford, Andy Gonzalez, and Jeffrey Merritt.
From the diocese of Shreveport, Nicholas Duncan, and Jeffery Key II.
From the diocese of Tororo, Joseph Odongo.