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Ministries of Lector and Acolyte conferred at SHTC, Shillong


By Ignatius Koksi Sangma
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Shillong, Aug. 7. A STEP CLOSER TOWARDS PRIESTHOOD:

Forty Eight brothers of Sacred Heart Theological College, Mawlai were conferred the ministries of Lector and Acolyte on 4th August 2012. The Holy Mass was presided by Rev. Fr George Maliekal SDB, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Silchar in the presence of Fr. Thomas Ellicherail SDB, the Salesian Provincial of Kolkata and Fr. Michael Peedikayil SDB, the Provincial of Delhi, and other concelebrants.
27 brothers were conferred the ministry of Lector and 21 the ministry of Acolyte. Fr. George  Maliekal in his homily reflected on the significance of the ministries in their journey towards priesthood. He stressed that the candidates to priesthood should imbue the spirituality of St. John Vianney.
The conferring of these ministries were the culmination of the six days Annual Retreat preached by Fr. James Mathew SDB of Kolkata province.  94 brothers including the first years participated in this retreat. It was felt that the retreat was an enriching and path finding experience. It put the brothers into perspective on their way to the priesthood and holiness.

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