Four Lafayette Diocese Seminarians Installed into Ministry of Acolyte, October 22nd

Four Lafayette Diocese seminarians advanced to Ministry of Acolyte during a special Mass of Installation celebrated Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, conferred the ministry of acolyte on the following second-year theology students: Mathew Ardoin, Donald Bernard, Randy Courville and Sal Istre.



Mathew Ardoin, the son of Anne Braquet Ardoin and Daniel Ardoin, is sponsored by St. Peter Roman Catholic Church parish in Carencro.



Donald Bernard is the son of Don and Lisa Bernard and is sponsored by St. Pius X Church parish in Lafayette.



Randy Courville, son of Yola Bergeron Courville and the late Preston Courville, is sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy parish in Henderson.



Sal Istre is the son of Linnea Istre Johnson and is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima parish in Lafayette.

According to Notre Dame’s website,, “When seminarians receive these ministries, the Church recognizes the formation that has occurred in these men and their willingness to embrace ministry as another sign of their preparation for ordained ministry.”


  • Aid the deacon and minister to the priest in liturgical celebrations;
  • Attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and priest in the celebration of Mass;
  • Distribute Communion as an extraordinary minister in the true absence of deacons and/or priests;
  • Again in the true absence of deacons and/or priests expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward repose it, but without the blessing;
  • Instruct other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties [Ministeria quaedam, n. 6].
  • The acolyte may also distribute Communion outside of Mass and participate in the Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass and Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum.


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