Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Determining the Qualifications for the Installed Ministries of Lector and Acolyte, January 1998.


pg. 108

pg. 109
In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 230, §1, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that if laymen who are not candidates for the diaconate or the priesthood are to be admitted to the ministries of lector or acolyte, they must be at least twenty-six years of age.

In addition, they are to have manifested a serious Christian commitment, an outstanding moral life and a recognised human maturity. Moreover, they are to enjoy a good reputation which would enable them to assume some responsibility for a community. They must also be able to work together with others and have acquired the competence necessary to exercise the intended ministry.




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1775.