Fifty-seven young men and women signed the book of enrollment during services in December at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora. By doing so, each candidate expressed his or her personal desire to be confirmed in the catholic faith.
"I believe these young people are sincere in their wish to be confirmed," said Fr. Tom Hesse, recently named pastor of the Eudora congregation of 535 members.
While the candidates made their public expression of faith, the congregation pledged its support of the young people.
The confirming prelate, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, will accept the act of faith from each student in a ceremony at Holy Family sometime in fall 2006.
The confirmation program is part of the religious formation of about 250 children. About 50 students are in the high school grades and about 200 are in the elementary and middle school grades.
Sister Marcella Schrant is director of the program. The teachers are Janet Campbell, senior high; and five parishioners join Fr. Hesse in teaching the confirmation candidates -- Michelle Miller, Joe Pyle, Peter Bock, Carmen Bakarich and Jim Gilroy.
The primary grades are taught by Michelle Eaten, Anne Person, Anita Pankalla, Jeanne Siebert, Tammy Stallbaumer, Cheryl DeVillier, Monica Durkin, Amanda Huston, Sheryll Schmidt, Robin Shade, Ralph Rosenberger and Walt Mersmann.