A new step on the path to the priesthood
Updated: Mar 31
On Saturday (Feb. 6), the Seeds of the Word Community celebrated the new steps taken by four Consecrated Brothers on the path of priestly formation. The Holy Mass was marked by the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders for three Brothers, and by the Institution to the Ministry of Lector for one of the Community's seminarians. The Ceremony took place at the Church of the Transfiguration in Belém, Pará (Brazil), and was presided by Bishop Alberto Taveira, Archbishop of Belém and SoW Guaranteeing Bishop. Also present and concelebrating on this occasion was Bishop Francisco Biasin, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Volta Redonda (RJ- Brazil).
In the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders, the seminarians publicly expressed their intention to give themselves to God and the Church, to exercise the Holy Orders. In reply, the Church, "accepting this donation, chooses him and calls him, in order to prepare him to receive Holy Orders, thus becoming legitimately counted among the candidates to the Diaconate and to the Priesthood" (cf. Ceremonial of Bishops n. 479). This year, the following Brothers were admitted: Br. Bernard, Br. John Paul and Br. Philip.
In accordance with the prayer said by Bishop Alberto, as prescribed in the Roman Pontifical for the Ministry of Lector, the candidate to the priesthood collaborates with the Church's mission to announce the Gospel to all creation, receiving "a special ministry within the people of God", and being delegated to the "service of faith, which is founded on the Word of God". After the imposition of the Bishop's hands and the Prayers of the Faithful, accompanied by the whole assembly, the new Lector symbolically received the book of Sacred Scripture. In the Community, Brother Luke took this step on the path to the priesthood.
"I can attest among the seminarians that are here, that it was the Lord Himself who planted the seed of this call to the priesthood in your hearts… The Community's discernment and that of our Archdiocese has shown that you are on the right path..."
(Bishop Alberto Taveiro, in his homily - Feb. 7, 2021)