Institution of Lectors

On Sunday 7th April 2013, Bishop Michael McKenna instituted to the Ministry of Lector, seven men who have been undertaking the Diaconate Formation Programme in our Diocese: Josh Clayton, Terry Mahony and Paul Windsor (Bathurst); Mike Williams (Wellington), Charles Applin (Portland); Chris Milroy (Lithgow) and Eddie Gibbons (Oberon). The following is an extract from Bishop McKenna's Homily at the 10am Mass in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John........

Sunday in the Octave of Easter
Institution of Lectors
Edited summary of Bishop McKenna’s Homily

“There are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books…”

These words, near the end of John’s Gospel, remind us that the Word of God is a person. God has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. We meet the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures, which, inspired by the Holy Spirit, come out of the Church’s Apostolic Tradition and continue to be interpreted by it.

Today, seven men will be given the ministry of Lector, to proclaim the Word. For three years they have been following a program of formation and discernment which, for some, will lead to ordination as deacons; and, for others, will enhance their understanding of their baptismal vocation and enable them to live it better.

They will not only proclaim the Word in the Liturgy; they will proclaim it when they teach the Catholic faith to young people and adults; and at every opportunity to communicate with those who have not heard the Gospel of Christ.

+ Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst
7th April 2013


The newly instituted Lectors and their wives following Mass

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