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Most priests’ first memories of serving the Lord are as altar servers. A national survey of men being ordained priests found that three-quarters of new priests were at one time altar servers. A parish can create an atmosphere of reverence and duty at Mass that reinforces in young people the joy of serving the Lord. Here is a video interview with Fr. Preston Quintela, a priest from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, who helped to create the Knights of the Altar, which is a hierarchical program that encourage the young people in the parish to strive for excellence while serving. They have seen an increase in their parish from 3 altar servers serving per Mass to 6-10 servers serving per Mass.

Knights of the Altar Handbook

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We are partnering with Fr. Jonathon Meyer, pastor of All Saints parish in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, to share these messages with altar servers and those who train them.