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Bishop Christopher Coyne confirmed nearly 600 students throughout the Diocese in April and May. “The help of the Holy Spirit, given in confirmation, is sorely needed as our young people face an ever-increasing range of social issues and pressures,” said Josh Perry, director of the Office of Worship.
Ordination of 2 priests
Bishop Coyne ordained two transitional deacons, Deacon Gregory Caldwell and Deacon Brandon Schneider, to the priesthood at a special Mass in May. Seven deacons will be ordained this Fall which is the largest number in many years.
Lay Formation
In May 2021, 13 students graduated from the Diocesan Lay Formation Leadership Program and another 15 students are preparing to graduate in May, 2023. In addition, six men and women completed the Diocesan Leader of Prayer Program and two men and women completed the Diocesan Pastoral Associate for Parish Life Program. Totus Tuus, bible camp for youth, was held at 12 parishes last summer and we anticipate more this year.
Men’s and women’s retreats
Successful, well-attended spiritual retreats took place recently in the Diocese of Burlington, one for men and one for women. The Annual Men’s Retreat took place this spring and 80 men attended the day of fellowship. Commented one: “This is my first Men’s Retreat as a Catholic after converting a few years ago. Now I know what I have been missing all those years!” Sixty women attended the Diocesan Women’s Retreat, “The Heart of Prayer” in the spring and the fall. “The whole retreat was simply amazing!” said one participant. “It was a joy to be with so many women devoted to God.”
World Marriage Day Celebration
Bishop Coyne celebrated the Mass for World Marriage Day at St. Joseph Cathedral on Feb. 6 with 26 couples commemorating milestone anniversaries.