On Saturday, April 25, 2015, seminarian Marlon Mendieta from the Diocese of Raleigh was instituted in the Ministry of Lector during the celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint Martin de Tours at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. The Most Reverend, Bishop Paul S Loverde of Arlington, V.A., celebrated the Mass and Rite with Bishop Timothy C. Senior, Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, concelebrating.
The Ministry of Lector calls the seminarian to be a servant of the Living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read. Those who exercise the ministry of lector must be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that the faithful may develop a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture from listening to the sacred readings.
There are 4 steps prior to the Rite of Ordination to the priesthood that every seminarian must take. They are: 1) Rite of Candidacy; 2) Ministry of Lector; 3) Ministry of Acolyte; and 4) Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate.
Each step serves a special role for the Church, as well as for the spiritual formation of the seminarian.