Bill Muhm, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, returned to his previous parish, Most Precious Blood in Walden, last Friday to hold confirmation mass.
Muhm served as a pastor from Dec.1 to March 1, when he was promoted to bishop. Muhm returned to deliver confirmation for 27 members of the parish, an important sacrament in the Catholic faith.
“It’s a wonderful honor to be able to confirm these young people,” Muhm said.
Muhm said the sacrament carries divine grace for both the person being confirmed and the church. He said confirmation sets the person up to evangelize and bring Christ into the world because the church operates through its people.
“We’ll have 27 new evangelizers, and the world needs them,” Muhm said.
Those smiling evangelizers marched down the church aisle in red robes, a white dove embroidered on their shoulders. Organ music played in the background. The students filed down to the basement, where they received their diplomas and parents snapped pictures.
Confirmed member Adriana Valentin said the rite of passage means she is her own person who chooses the Catholic faith. She is no longer defined by her parents’ decision to have her baptized.
“I am a Catholic,” Valentin said. “It’s my choice.”
Sergio Lupian, another confirmed member, said the special day was filled with happiness.
“It makes me feel closer to God,” Lupian said.
Muhm returned to his current location in Washington, D.C. after the ceremony. He will leave for Germany this summer, where he will travel to U.S. military bases in Europe and Asia.