CONFIRMATIONS AT ST MARY’S ROCKFORD
Posted in Apostolates on August 26, 2017

On Saturday, June 24th, the Canons and faithful from St. Mary Oratory welcomed His Excellency, the Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, for his third pastoral visit. On this occasion, His Excellency came to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation with the assistance of Canon Talarico, Provincial Superior of the Institute in the U.S., Canon Benjamin Coggeshall, Rector of St. Mary Oratory, and Canon William Avis, Master of Ceremonies for the American province.  Present also to solemnize this memorable occasion, were an honor guard of 4th degree Knights of the local Knights of Columbus, as well as numerous Oratory faithful.

After delivering a sermon on the importance of young Catholics living their faith in the modern world, citing in particular, the edifying example of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, His Excellency invoked the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and anointed each of the confirmandi, saying "Signo te signo Crucis...I sign thee with the Sign of the Cross and confirm thee in the Chrism of Salvation..."

Following the Rite of Confirmation, His Excellency officiated at the Benediction of the most Blessed Sacrament.  Afterwards a festive reception was held at St. Joseph Hall, directly below the Church to honor our Bishop and to offer congratulations to the newly confirmed.

The Canons of the Institute and the faithful of St. Mary Oratory are greatly thankful towards His Excellency. May the newly confirmed correspond faithfully to the graces they received in this Sacrament and pray daily for Bishop Malloy.

Canon Benjamin Coggeshall
Rector

 

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