Every year in the calendar of the Scots College, students from different stages of their journey through seminary receive various ministries. Acolyte is a major step on the road to ordination, and three students received the ministry on the Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary .
St. Andrews & Edinburgh’s Archbishop, Leo Cushley, who is currently in Rome with the Year of Mercy pilgrimage, took some time from his busy schedule to preside at the Mass which saw three members of the Scots College community installed as Acolytes.
Ryan Black from the Diocese of Paisley, Charles Coyle from Motherwell and Paul Opata from the Diocese of Oslo received the ministry. The Acolyte’s role in the life of a parish is exercised in assisting the Deacon or Priest at Mass and distributing Holy Communion as a supporting minister during the Mass, visiting the sick and housebound and providing instruction for the faithful. Other duties can include the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, but not Benediction.
The word of Acolyte, comes from the Greek, akolouthos, which means “follower”.