Three seminarians advance toward priesthood

Phoenix seminarians and newly instituted acolytes Michael Villanueva and Timothy Seavey pose with Msgr. Christopher J. Schreck, rector/president of Pontifical College Josephinum and Bishop Monforton Nov. 1. John Nahrgang, right, was installed as lector. (photo courtesy of Ryan Jurden)
Phoenix seminarians and newly instituted acolytes Michael Villanueva and Timothy Seavey pose with Msgr. Christopher J. Schreck, rector/president of Pontifical College Josephinum and Bishop Monforton Nov. 1. John Nahrgang, right, was installed as lector. (photo courtesy of Ryan Jurden)

The feast of All Saints Day was extra special this year for three Diocese of Phoenix seminarians. It marked the day two of them were installed as acolytes and another to the ministry of lector.

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville was the principal celebrant. He installed Michael Villanueva and Timothy Seavey at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Traditionally, second-year theologians are entrusted with the duties of attending to the altar, assisting the deacon and priest at Mass, and distributing Holy Communion as an extraordinary minister.

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The bishop installed John Nahrgang as a lector. The privilege is generally reserved for first-year theologians. Lectors are commissioned to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly and to catechize the faithful.

Phoenix’s seminarians were among 37 U.S. seminarians studying at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio to take formal steps toward priesthood that day.