January 21, 2009
Seminarian from Denver installed to acolyte
WESTON, Mass.—On Dec. 8, a Mass for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception was celebrated at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass. Boston Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Hennessey was the principal celebrant at Mass and conferred the ministry of acolyte on 13 first theologians.
New acolytes included Eugene S. Chavez, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Denver. Chavez was accepted into the seminary this year and is a member of the Class of 2012. He previously worked for the Denver Public School system for over 30 years and also was the principal at Assumption Catholic School in Denver. At Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, seminarians receive acolyte in their first year of theological studies, reader in second theology and are admitted to candidacy in third theology—in preparation for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood in their home dioceses.