Seminarian receives ministry of acolyte

Michael Kuper

Twenty priesthood students enrolled in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, received the ministry of acolyte on Feb. 7, 2013, in the seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Abp. Joseph Tobin, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, installed the acolytes, which included Michael Kuper of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Kuper is a in his second year of Theology at Saint Meinrad.

An acolyte assists a deacon or priest, primarily in the celebration of Mass. He attends to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. He also may be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, but does not give the Benediction, since he is not a priest or deacon.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers initial and continuing education for priests, permanent deacons, and lay ministers. A two-year pre-theology program leads to a Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies. The four-year theology program leads to a Master of Divinity degree.

Lay students can earn a Master of Catholic Philosophical Studies, a Master of Arts in theology or a Master of Arts in pastoral theology. The Permanent Deacon Formation Program offers academic, spiritual and professional formation to permanent deacon candidates, in partnership with individual dioceses.

Other seminarians for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau attending Saint Meinrad Seminary include Charles Dunn, who is in his first year of Theology; Colby Elbert, in his second year of Pre-Theology; and Joseph Stoverink, who is in his second year of Pre-Theology.

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