Institution of Lectors


The Rite of the Institution of Lectors took place at Notre Dame Seminary in the chapel on Monday, October 28. Auxiliary Bishop John Kelly of the Diocese of Dallas presided at the Mass for the Institution of Lectors. The Rite of Institution of Lectors is one of the ministries a seminarian must receive before ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood. Those given the ministry of Lector are entrusted with reading the Sacred Scriptures during Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Each seminarian receiving the ministry of Lector were instructed by Bishop Kelly, “Take this book of holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.” There were 40 seminarians installed as Lectors:

From the Diocese of Alexandria, Chase Masters and Derrick Rials.

From the Archdiocese of Atlanta, JP Avila-Flor, David DesPres, Anthony Haskin, and Alan Salazar.

From the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Albert Blount, Joseph Bresowar, Jeremy Lopez, James Vu, and Austin Young.

From the Diocese of Dallas, Benjamin Chavez, Juan Mendez, Vu Nguyen, Joseph Olickan Jr, and Parker Thompson.

From the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Davis Ahimbisibwe.

From the Diocese of Jackson, Carlisle Beggerly.

From the Diocese of Lafayette, Reed Bellingham, Alex Cormier, Myles Creek, David Furka, Jonathan Harris, Riley Maturin, and Michael Vidrine.

From the Diocese of Memphis, Alberto Melgoza-Verduzco.

From the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Antonio Cercena, David Doyle, Long Pham, Joseph Rivera, Kevin Seay, and Jason Songe.

From the Diocese of Raleigh, Cong Le.

From the Diocese of Tororo, Jude Friday.

From the Diocese of Tyler, Steven Chabarria, and Chris Orajiaka.