Hebrews 7:17

Brothers and Sisters,

This past week, I was honored to have been invited by our seminarian Brady Keller to The Saint Paul Seminary on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul.  He invited me to attend what is called the “institution of acolytes.”  This is a very important and one of the last major steps to becoming a priest.  The rite is formally installing the seminarian with the duty to serve at the Altar.

The liturgy of this rite is simple:  following the homily, a bishop entrusts the vessels of the Altar to a seminarian with these words:

Take these vessels with bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist.  Make your life worthy of your service at the Table of the Lord and of His Church.

With Brady’s “amen” in response, he has now been formally delegated by the Church to care for the Altar, the Sanctuary, and bring the Eucharist to the faithful.  I am very excited to see him take this major step towards ordinary, yet he still has a long way to go before we will have “Father” Keller.

In any case, I suggest that all of us plan on sending Brady a card in advance of Christmas to be sure he is aware of our support for him and that we are praying for him as he continues to discern whether he is called to the Sacred Priesthood.

Here’s his address at the Seminary:

Brady L. Keller

The Saint Paul Seminary

2260 Summit Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55105

As long as we’re praying for Brady, let’s pray for all the young of our parishes.  Christ may be calling many of them to be priests, monks, and nuns.  We certainly know that Holy Mother Church is in desperate need of all three.

God be near,

Father Jeremy