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Omaha seminarian becomes acolyte

The ministry of acolyte was conferred on seminarian Paul Floersch during a Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Feb. 24.

Floersch is a native Omahan and member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha.

Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter conducted the ceremony.

During the rite, he placed a paten holding the hosts for the celebration of Mass in the hands of each candidate saying, “Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his church.”

Acolyte is a ritual step toward ordination for seminarians in their second year of formation for the priesthood, having two years of theological studies remaining.