Five seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte and two were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg, on October 12 at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe.
An acolyte is appointed to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest at the altar and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at Mass and to the sick. Acolytes may also expose the Eucharist for public adoration in the absence of a priest or deacon.
Candidacy for Holy Orders is a declaration by the candidate that he is committing himself to a program of formation for service to God and to the Catholic Church as an ordained minister. It is also the public acceptance by the bishop of the aspirant into the ranks of the candidates for Holy Orders.
Instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte were Andrew Boyd, Diocese of Erie; Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada; Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., and Brother Martinho Zevallos, O.S.B., all of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
Admitted to candidacy were Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., and Brother Matthew Nguyen, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
Andrew Boyd of Erie is the son of Michael A. and Margaret M. Boyd of Erie. He is a 2010 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2014.
SAINT PETER’S ABBEY
Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., a native of India, graduated in 1988 from Saint Aloysius High School in Bangalore, then received a bachelor of commerce degree in 1991
from Saint Joseph’s College of Commerce in the same city, majoring in taxation.
He is the son of M. Leo Joseph and Mary Rita Leo.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, O.S.B., is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont. He is a 2004 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology in 2008 from Eastern University. He entered the monastery of Saint Vincent Archabbey as a novice in 2012 and made his simple vows, on July 10, 2013.
Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., was born in Plattsburgh, New York. He is the son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan. He is a 2006 graduate of Ludington High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in French from Central Michigan University in 2009. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2010, made simple profession of vows in 2011, and solemn vows in 2014.
Brother Martinho Zevallos (Chávez), O.S.B., is the son of Luis Ariel Zevallos Perez and Teresa Sara Chávez de Zevallos of Arequipa, Peru. He graduated from high school in Coronel Gregorio Albarracin, Tacna, Peru, in 1989 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Agustin, Arequipa, Peru, in 1995, where he studied physics. He earned a doctorate in physics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2003.
CANDIDATES FOR HOLY ORDERS
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Canice (Daniel) McMullen, O.S.B., is the son of Craig and Ruth McMullen of State College. He is a 2006 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2010, made simple profession of vows in 2011, and solemn vows in 2014.
Brother Matthew Nguyen, O.S.B., is the son of Thuc Van and Nam Be Thi Vo Nguyen of Vinh Long, Vietnam. He attended Hieu Phung High School, Vinh Long, graduating in 1999. He was a member of the Cistercian Saint Joseph Monastery in Lucerne Valley, California, prior to transferring to Saint Vincent.
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