2020 Institution of Lectors

By Brother Francis R. McCarty, O.S.B. | April 25, 2020

Brother Basil, Abbot Mark, and Brother Titus
From left to right: Brother Basil, Abbot Mark, and Brother Titus

On Saturday April 25, the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Abbot Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B. ’71, instituted two monks of Saint Anselm Abbey, Brother Titus Phelan, O.S.B., and Brother Basil Franciose, O.S.B., into the ministry of lector.  The ministry of lector is formally conferred on those men who are preparing to be ordained as priests.

“We are pleased to have two of our brothers take this step toward the priesthood,” said Abbot Mark.  “This event is a fine representation of how our community continues to grow and flourish.”

Brother Titus is currently in his 1st year of theological and priesthood studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Brighton, Massachusetts.  He is a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and a 2012 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

Brother Basil is currently in his 1st year of theological and priesthood studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.  He is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a 2017 graduate of Saint Anselm College.