by Beth Frigola-McGinn, HT Director of Communications
This Sunday, May 1, the Very Rev. Bishop Jerome Feudjio will confirm 99 young people and one adult during the 2:30pm and 5:30pm Masses.
The confirmandi began their journey last fall and have been taking weekly classes to prepare for the Sacrament. Please pray for our confirmandi, that they be strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
Bishop Feudjio comes to us from the Diocese of St. Thomas. He was born and raised in Cameroon, entering religious life at age 17 as a postulant for the Congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart.
While still in formation in 1980, Bishop Feudjio traveled to the United States, where he met the then Fr. Seán O'Malley, who invited him to stay and study in Washington, D.C.. Bishop Feudjio completed his studies in philosophy and theology in the Archdiocese of Washington at Oblate College. He also holds advanced degrees in Social Justice and Rehabilitative Administration form Southern Illinois University.
Before being named Bishop by Pope Francis in March of last year, he served the people of the Diocese of St. Thomas for 30 years.
Please note that there will be a second collection during the 9am Mass Sunday to support the parishes within the Diocese of St. Thomas which includes the islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John, and Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands are still recovering from back-to- back Hurricanes Maria and Irma which ravaged the territory in 2017, as well as the pandemic which brought financial hardship to their local economies. The Diocese has a total population of 110,000 of which 30,000 are Catholic.