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Bishop Burbidge Confirms More Than 100 Adults

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On Sunday, April 25, more than one hundred adult Confirmation candidates gathered with their sponsors, families and friends to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church. Those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation represented 21 parishes of the Diocese and included candidates from Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was the principal celebrant and homilist at the bilingual liturgy, which was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh.

In his homily, delivered in both English and Spanish with the assistance of Fr. Joseph Lapauw, C.I.C.M., Pastor of St. Eugene Parish in Wendell, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the call inherent in Confirmation. “I know you are so grateful for the faithful people who have witnessed to the Lord’s goodness in their lives and brought you to this moment,” the Bishop told those being confirmed. “Now it is your mission to go forth and be witnesses of God’s love and truth to others.”

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge bestowing the Sacrament of Confirmation on one of the adult candidates at a bilingual liturgy celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.

Below: Sponsors, families and friends attending the adult Confirmation ceremony on Sunday, April 25.