It was a proud evening for the Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush when Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Anthony Randazzo admitted seven of its seminarians into the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Adrian Suyanto, Richard Sofatzis, Justin Faehrmann and Likisone Tominiko were recently installed into the Ministry of Lector—which is the first official step on the path to ordination.
At the same Mass, the Bishop installed Ben Saliba, Mark Anderson and Eden Langlands into the Ministry of Acolytes—the second stage after which follows installation as a candidate, transitional deacon, then priest.
Bishop Randazzo was the chief celebrant at the Mass and was joined by Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd Father Danny Meagher, clergy from the Archdiocese of Sydney and a number of priests from the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn supporting Mr Langlands who belongs to their archdiocese.
Also installed into the Ministry of Lectors was David Moore, a layman who is on the path to becoming a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Bishop Randazzo encouraged the men to fulfil their respective ministries faithfully and handed each of them a symbol of their new ministry.
After an initial year of discernment and catechesis, the program at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd covers the four key areas which are necessary for the formation of a priest according to the teachings of St John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis: human, spiritual, academic, and pastoral formation.