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Seminarian enters another stage in journey to priesthood

Bienn Carlo Manuntag, a seminarian from the Diocese of East Anglia, has taken one more step in his journey towards priesthood. He received the Ministry of Acolyte on November 22, the Feast of Saint Cecilia. 

Pope Paul VI, in his important 1972 document Ministeria Quaedam, revised the system of progression towards priesthood, retaining just two of the original four minor orders: reader and acolyte.

Those becoming acolytes are encouraged to deepen their appreciation of the Holy Sacrament of Our Lord’s Body and Blood, whilst growing in love for the Mystical Body of Christ – the people of God – especially the poor and the weak.

The principal celebrant for the Mass for the Institution of Acolytes was Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

At the institution the Bishop hands the candidate a paten and says: “Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and His Church.”

The next step for Bienn Carlo, who is studying at St Mary’s College in Oscott, will be ordination to the Diaconate.  

The pictures show (top) Bienn Carlo with Canon Eugene Harkness (Chancellor of the Diocese), Dr Bruce Burbidge (Dean of Philosophy), Dr Francis John Selman (Resident Teaching Staff), Dom Ambrose Tivi, OSB and parishioners from Cambridge; and (centre) Bienn Carlo receiving the bread from Bishop Philip Egan. Drs Burbridge and Selman are both priests of the Diocese of EA teaching at the Oscott seminary.