Progress Towards the Priesthood

Each year the seminarian is assessed by the formation staff and a report on his progress is sent to the bishop. The report gives an account of how he is responding in the different areas of formation and occasionally highlights areas the staff feel he could work on during the coming months. Usually the seminarian sees this report and is invited to sign it. Depending on which year he is in, the report might also note whether he has been recommended to receive the ministries that ordinarily have to be exercised for some time before ordination. These are the ministries of Lector, which gives the candidate a special responsibility for proclaiming the Word of God and for catechesis, and Acolyte which is a ministry related to the Altar. The Acolyte can administer Holy Communion and purify the vessels used at Mass. Having received these ministries, the next stage is to be admitted as a Candidate for Ordination. Admission to Candidacy is the stage that precedes ordination to the diaconate and, finally, to the priesthood.