Seminarians Reed Miller, Christopher Juchacz and Andrew Lindenbach were instituted as acolytes in the grotto of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Peter’s Colony, Sask., Aug. 13 as a congregation of several hundred participated and prayed for them. (Photo by Frank Flegel)
KRONAU, Sask. — Aug. 13 was a special day for seminarians Reed Miller, Christopher Juchacz and Andrew Lindenbach. All three were instituted as acolytes as a congregation of several hundred participated and prayed for them.
The installation took place in the grotto of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Peter’s Colony, near Kronau. The several hundred in attendance were there for a two-day pilgrimage, a celebration of the grotto’s centennial.
Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen installed the three seminarians at the end of his homily on Sunday, the second day of the celebration. Each seminarian symbolically received a chalice and paten from the archbishop, who told them they have a special role in the church’s ministry: “The summit and source of the church’s life is the eucharist, which builds up the Christian community and makes it grow. It is your responsibility to assist the priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry.”
They were told they should seek to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what they do and daily offer themselves to God. “Bear in mind that, as you share the one bread with your brothers and sisters, so you form one body with them.”
Bolen reminded them to be obedient to the Lord’s command: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
The three will return to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton for their final year of study prior to their internship year. If discernment suggests they continue to move toward priestly ministry, they will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at the end of their internship year, followed by one last year of studies, culminating in ordination to the priesthood.
Bolen introduced several other seminarians in the congregation, commenting that the archdiocese is blessed with a large number of seminarians. The archdiocese directory lists nine seminarians: seven at St. Joseph’s, one at St. Philip’s, Toronto, and another studying in Rome. It’s the largest number since the early 1950s when six men were ordained priests — among them Rev. Joe Frey, who attended the two-day pilgrimage to the shrine. Frey’s family members are longtime residents of the area.