Progress towards ordination and priesthood is marked during our time here by receiving ministries which mark continuing discernment and acceptance of God’s call to us. The first of these is being instituted as a Reader. Parish communities are completely used to members of the laity reading the scriptures which precede the Gospel at Mass, but this is no light responsibility and requires careful and prayerful preparation, not to mention clear speaking. However, there is a formal liturgical rite for the Institution of Readers, who are thereby committed to this particular ministry of service to the community, and Bishop Nicholas Hudson celebrated this for us at Mass here on Saturday 14 March.
In his homily he spoke of our prayer and of how it needs to be fed by a constant return to scripture in meditation. As a pointer for how Jesus Christ can form us, he offered a verse from St John’s Gospel (15:4) for reflection: ‘Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.’
Our new Readers are all in their second year of formation. Laurence Bryce is a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Cardiff, while Mark Dunglinson and Mauro Iannicelli are Westminster seminarians.