Servers at the Mass

For you Washingtonians, here are some of the Catholics from the archdiocese of Washington who will serve during the papal Mass at Nationals Park on April 17. (Info is from the archdiocese.)

Deacon Mark Ivany, 30, a native of Washington, is a seminarian at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange City , N.J. He will be ordained a priest for the archdiocese in June 2008. Before joining the seminary, he worked as a legislative correspondent and a personal assistant in the U.S. Senate. He will participate in the papal Mass as a deacon.

Yolanda Bolaños is a native of El Salvador who came to the U.S. 26 years ago as a student. She works for the archdiocese in the Office of Hispanic Ministry. Nearly one-third of Catholics in the Archdiocese are of Hispanic descent. Bolaños will give the scripture reading in Spanish.
Valencia Camp lives in Capitol Heights , Md. She is a budget officer for a federal agency and a lector at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington . She has three younger brothers, all of whom were altar servers at the Basilica. Camp will give the scripture reading in English.


Dr. Hector Asunsion has been a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, Md. for over 20 years. He was born in the Philippines and began practicing medicine in the United States in 1969. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Asunsion will serve as a petition reader in the Filipino language of Tagalog at the Mass.

Gift bearers in the Mass, who will bring the bread to the altar for consecration, include:

A family that attends Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck in Leonardtown, Md.:

Jack Holly, 89, and Elizabeth Holly, 88, their granddaughter, Janet Wright , and her husband, Kevin Wright.

Megan Lehnerd, from Crownsville , Md. a senior at George Washington University majoring in public health.

Theresa Travis, 77, who became blind at age 34, but raised three children and obtained a master's degree in mental health counseling. She is a member of St. Gabriel's Parish in Washington, D.C.


By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  April 8, 2008; 6:32 AM ET
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