Eight diaconate candidates instituted in Ministry of Acolyte

By Marvin Sanchez

The third time, Jesus said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”   (John 21:17)

This was the central focus of the homily of Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus William Justice on April 13, 2023, during the Institution to the Ministry of Acolyte for eight diaconate candidates at St. Timothy’s Church in San Mateo.  Sharing his own experience of being called to love and serve God, Bishop Justice inspired the candidates in their journey toward the permanent diaconate.

The Ministry of Acolyte is the final step before ordination. Their ministry as acolytes includes assisting the priest and deacon at the altar during Mass. They also serve during liturgies, distribute Holy Communion, and purify sacred vessels.

These eight candidates came from various parishes within the Archdiocese of San Francisco including St. Philip, St. Dominic’s, St. Gregory, St. Charles (San Carlos), St. Veronica, St. Raphael, and Good Shepherd.  

Each candidate was called forward by Bishop Justice and handed a chalice and paten saying, “Take the 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.”

We pray for our diaconate candidates that they may continue to discern and heed to the calling of the Holy Spirit.