Acolyte institution is confirmation of God’s call: seminarian

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Acolyte institution is confirmation of God’s call: seminarian

Fourth year seminarian Kanishka Perera has taken a number of important steps on his journey to priesthood.

Mr Perera, 27, was instituted as both an acolyte and a lector by Archbishop Julian at Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 28.

And on July 4, he was due to start a six-month placement at the Mersey-Leven Parish on the North West Coast.
“Lector and acolyte are important steps on the journey towards priesthood,” Mr Perera said, interviewed prior to the June 28 Mass.

“It is confirmation that God wants me in this life – a confirmation of my call. That is exactly why I am looking forward to it,” he said.

“As a lector you proclaim the word of God, and as acolyte you help the priest or the Archbishop in handling the consecrated body and blood of Jesus, so that has a particular ministry involved.

“It is a good feeling – the way that God is confirming I am called.”

The role of acolyte is to assist the priest and deacon at the altar. He is also an extraordinary minister of communion who assists with the distribution of Holy Communion and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, when a priest or deacon is not available.

Although they are lay ministries, and open to lay men not progressing towards ordination, being instituted as an acolyte and as a lector is one of the prerequisite steps to diaconal and priestly ordination.

Mr Perera explained that seminarians are instituted in these ministries before their pastoral placement in preparation for working with the people of a parish.

“I am so looking forward to it and getting a taste of the practical aspects of parish life I will hopefully be living one day,” Mr Perera said.

Mr Perera, who was born in Sri Lanka, has been based in the Central Tasmania Parish for the past few months.

Seminarians returned to the archdiocese from Corpus Christi seminary in Melbourne during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis in March.