On the evening of April 9 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, bestowed the Sacrament of Confirmation on eighteen students prepared through campus ministries in the Diocese. Young men and women from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, Elon University and East Carolina University received the sacrament at a Mass celebrated by the Bishop and attended by their sponsors, families and campus ministers.
In his homily, the Bishop noted that each student’s story of how he or she had come to Confirmation was unique, “but the thing all your stories have in common is God’s hand, God’s way, God’s will.” The Bishop thanked the Confirmation candidates for “open hearts ready to respond to God’s call” and he expressed special appreciation to “all those witnesses in your lives – family, friends and campus ministers – whose example encouraged you to seek this Sacrament.”
Now, the Bishop continued, the students were to “respond to God’s plea to go forth and be those witnesses to others. People need to see in you the joy that is the fruit of walking in God’s light and love and truth.”
Zachary Jones, a pre-med freshman at Duke, said that he drifted away from the Church during high school, but now Confirmation made him feel “like a full member of the Church, and closer to God.”
Amanda Makarevich of UNC-Chapel Hill, describing her feelings about the evening, said, “It’s really special to be here with Bishop Burbidge and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Courtney Jameson, a senior at Duke, moved from Delaware to North Carolina with her family “just about the time when I would have been confirmed in high school,” she said. “Tonight I feel ‘full,’ like I’ve grown up.”