Photos: Six men take next steps toward diaconate ordination

Four men were instituted to the ministry of reader and two to the ministry of acolyte during Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald Kettler Oct. 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

Instituted as readers were Randolph Bayerl from a St. Andrew in Elk River, Chad Middendorf from St. Boniface in Cold Spring, Philip Polipnick from Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Sauk Centre,  and Peter Tran from Sts. Peter and Paul in Braham. Instituted as acolytes were Kelly Marthaler from St. Alexius Parish in West Union and Richard Wolter from Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids.

These are next steps on their journey to ordination as permanent deacons.


Kelly Marthaler receives a vessel of bread to be consecrated during the Institution of Acolytes. (Photos by Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)


After the candidates are presented to Bishop Kettler, they are seated with the assembly and listen as he gives his homily.


Chad Middendorf accepts his Bible from Bishop Kettler during the Institution of Readers.


Family members of those instituted pray during the Mass.

Author: Dianne Towalski

Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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