Br. Daniel Lydon took the second step in his formation process toward the priesthood. Following the code of Canon Law, he received the ministry of acolyte from Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, during a private Mass at St. Viator Parish in Chicago.
As the rite indicates, an acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and, when needed, assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion.
The installation ceremony furthered Br. Dan’s commitment, that started in 2010 when he took his first vows as a Viatorian religious. After working along side of Viatorians for more than 20 years as an administrator and teacher at Saint Viator High School, and later in the community’s vocations office, Br. Dan finally took his own advice and joined them.
Br. Dan currently is in his second year of studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
“I am eager to begin my life as a Viatorian religious,” Br. Dan said at the time of his first vows. “Our mission is an important one — and greatly needed in today’s world. It’s an exciting time to be a Viatorian.”