Bishop Burbidge Confirms 2,100 Youth
This year, the Most Reverend Bishop Michael F. Burbidge conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 2,100 youth aged 13 to 18. The Confirmation ceremonies were held at 28 locations, and the confirmands represented parishes from all the deaneries in the Diocese. Confirmation is the last Sacrament of Initiation. Through the Sacrament, the faithful receive the Holy Spirit and become adult members of the Church.
Prior to receiving the Sacrament, confirmands spent two years preparing through their respective parish faith formation programs. They were required to attend monthly classes and meetings with their sponsors, participate in a weekend retreat and answer questions in a final interview to determine their preparedness.
In addressing those to be confirmed, the Bishop noted that “you have all been blessed with the witness and example of the special people God has placed in your lives as His instruments: those in your family and parishes, your sponsors and others who have inspired you in the faith that unites us. I join you in giving thanks to God for all of them.
“And I thank you,” the Bishop continued, “for the inspiration you are for all of us. We join in praying that, strengthened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you will be on fire with the faith and go forth in word and deed to proclaim to others that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life and that whoever believes in Him will live both now and forever!”
Next year, the Diocese expects to confirm 2,500 young people. The 2012 dates will be announced later this summer and posted on the Divine Worship page of the Diocesan website.
Above: Confirmands, sponsors and families attending one of three Raleigh Deanery Confirmation ceremonies out of 28 celebrated throughout the Diocese this past year.
Below: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on one of the more than 2,100 young people who received the final Sacrament of Initiation in ceremonies in 2011.