Feb. 13, 2013
By Deacon Kevin Mastellon
Ogdensburg – Bishop Terry LaValley faced the thirteen candidates for the permanent diaconate seated before him and said, “read as one in love with the Word made Flesh, not as a stranger called to merely read, but as a believer rejoicing in the telling of the greatest love story ever told.
The event, held at Feb. 1 Wadhams Hall was the Institution of the Rite of Lector for the men preparing to become permanent deacons of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
The institution as lector is one of the ministries candidates receive as they proceed towards diaconal ordination. As the rite indicates, a lector is charged with proclaiming the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, instructing children and adults in the faith, and preparing them to receive the Sacraments worthily.
Each candidate approached the bishop and placed his hands on the lectionary. “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,” BishopLaValley instructed each candidate.
Family members, friends, pastors and faculty of the diaconate program joined Bishop LaValley in congratulating the new lectors.
The Director of the Diocesan Program of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate, Msgr. Robert Aucoin, and Assistant Director Deacon John White assisted Bishop LaValley at the ceremony.
The candidates are: Lawrence Ambeau, Adams; Patrick Donahue, Cape Vincent; John Drollette, Plattsburgh; Guy Javarone, Watertown; Henry Leader, Gouverneur; John Lucero, Keeseville; Daniel McGrath, Madrid; Brian Neureuther, West Chazy; Anthony Pastizzo, Ogdensburg; Joel Walentuk, Fineview; David Wells, Ogdensburg; Paul White, Westport and Donald Wilder, Watertown.
photo by kevin mastellon