Nine seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Lector on Wednesday, March 18, by Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. The ministry of lector permits these seminarians to proclaim the readings (other than the Gospel) at Mass and other sacred celebrations. The seminarians, who are in the first year of theology studies, are from Brooklyn, New York; Covington, Kentucky; and Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania.
The institution was held in an empty Basilica right before seminarians returned home to their dioceses or abbeys due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only those instituted and those having a role in the Mass were in attendance.
DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN
Justin P. Treon of Cresson is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, in 2017. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Ann Treon of Cresson.
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
Randy T. Nguyen graduated in 2011 from the High School for Environmental Studies, New York, New York, then earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hunter College, New York, in 2016. He also graduated from Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, Little Neck, New York in 2019. He is the son of Chung Nguyen and Chau Bui of Woodside, New York.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
Michael K. Elmlinger graduated in 2016 from Covington Latin School, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, in 2019. He is the son of Steven A. and Polly Ann Elmlinger of Union, Kentucky.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
Christopher Alan Beran is a 2006 graduate of Sterling Heights High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan in 2009, a bachelor of philosophy degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan in 2011, and a master of arts degree in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2013. He is the son of Barbara Ann Beran of Sterling Heights, Michigan and the late James David Beran, Jr.
Cory L. Pius is a 2013 graduate of Harborcreek Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in management in 2017 and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2019. He is the son of Daniel and Lori Pius of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.
Daniel R. Weaver is a 2015 graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2019. He is the son of Ronald K. and Sandra L. Weaver of Greenville.
DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG
Andrew J. Hamilton is a 2015 graduate of Ford City Junior-Senior High School. He studied at Saint Vincent College, then earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2019. He is the son of William and Donna Hamilton of Ford City.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
John F. Ferguson graduated from Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, in 2015, and studied psychology at Butler County Community College. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2019. He is the son of J. Raymond and Kimberly Ferguson of Butler.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Celestine, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2015, made simple profession of vows in 2016 and professed solemn vows in 2019.
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