Congratulations, Friar Rich!

During the Evening Liturgy on November 1, 2022 in the chapel of St. Bonaventure Friary [Post Novitiate], in Silver Spring, MD, Friar Richard Rome, OFM Conv. was received into the minor orders of Lector and Acolyte, as a gift in his Franciscan and priestly vocation. 

Pictured above left to right: Fr. Jacob Carazo, OFM Conv. (a friar of St. Joseph Cupertino Province who serves as Assistant Formation Director), Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. (Minister Provincial), Friar Rich, and Fr. Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. (Guardian and the Post Novitiate Formation Director

A lector is the reader and bearer of God’s Word who is given responsibility in the service of our Faith, which is rooted in the Word of God, proclaiming God’s Word during the Liturgy, helping others come to believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all while accepting the Word in obedience, meditating on the Word in order to grow in a deeper love of God’s Scriptures, so as to reveal Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh, to our world. The chief offices of an acolyte are to light the candles on the altar and carry them in procession, to prepare wine and water for the sacrifice of the Mass, and to assist the sacred ministers at the Mass and other public services of the Church. (Can.  1035 §1. Before anyone is promoted to the permanent or transitional diaconate, he is required to have received the ministries of lector and acolyte and to have exercised them for a suitable period of time.) Friar Rich is a solemnly professed student friar of our province who is in continued studies at The Catholic University of America. (Source:

For more information on adding the life as a Franciscan Friar Conventual to your discernment journey, contact our Province Vocation Director, Father Tammylee Ngo OFM Conv. E-mail: You may also visit