Bishop Herbert Bevard installed six deacon candidates into the ministry of acolyte during Sunday Mass at St. Ann Church on St. Croix on December 11; a seventh candidate received this ministry in 2008. The reception of the order of acolyte allows the men to serve more fully at the altar during Mass and brings the candidates closer to ordination to the diaconate.
Pictured left to right in front: Deacon Denis Griffith, diocesan director of the permanent diaconate; Tony Murray of St. Patrick Church; Marlon Braithwaite of St. Ann Church; Hector Arroya of St. Joseph Church; Alvin Bedneau of St. Ann Church; and Deacon Joseph Mark, dean and lecturer in the diaconate formation program. In back: Reynold Modeste of Holy Cross Church; Msgr. Michael Kosak, vicar of the permanent diacons; Jose Diaz of St. Ann Church; Father Simon Opira, assistant director of the diaconate formation program; and Benjamin Parrilla of Holy Cross Church.