Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Mass of Confirmation for adults for the second consecutive year, administering the sacrament to 46 people from around the Diocese of Knoxville.
The confirmandi and their family and friends gathered at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 1 for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father David Boettner, rector of the cathedral. Father Joe Reed, associate pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral, was the master of ceremonies, and Father Richard Armstrong, assistant director of the diocesan Office of Christian Formation, directed the confirmandi. Deacon Dan Alexander served as Deacon of the Word.
Bishop Stika heard the confirmandi’s renewal of their baptismal vows before the laying on of hands over the entire group. He then anointed each of the adults individually.
Bishop Stika last year celebrated the diocese’s first Mass of Confirmation for adults, where 54 people received the sacrament. The bishop plans to hold the Mass annually.