Pope Francis to confer new lay ministries for first time

Pope Francis changed the Code of Canon Law so that women may be formally instituted as lectors and acolytes (CNS/Gregory A Shemitz)

Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector and acolyte upon lay men and women for the first time in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, the Vatican announced. Source: CNA.

Candidates from three continents will receive the new ministries during the papal Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God on January 23.

Two people from the Amazonian region in Peru will be formally made catechists by the Pope, along with other candidates from Brazil, Ghana, Poland and Spain.

The ministry of lector will be conferred on lay Catholics from South Korea, Pakistan, Ghana and Italy.

Each of these ministries will be conferred through a rite prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments that will be presented for the first time, according to a Vatican communique issued yesterday.

“Before the homily, the candidates will be summoned, called by name and presented to the Church,” it said.

Pope Francis established the ministry of catechist as an instituted, vocational service within the Catholic Church last May. This ministry is for lay people who have a particular call to serve the Catholic Church as a teacher of the faith. The ministry lasts for the entirety of life, regardless of whether the person is actively carrying out that activity during every part of his or her life.

The Pope changed Church law in January 2021 so that women can be formally instituted to the lay ministries of lector and acolyte.

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Pope Francis to confer new lay ministries for first time in St. Peter’s Basilica (By Courtney Mares, CNA)

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