140 confirmed at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

On Saturday, June 4, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, was filled to bursting as over 140 people — many of them teenagers and young adults — were confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church at Grace Cathedral’s confirmation service. The cathedral was filled with banners from churches as far apart as All Souls in Berkeley to St. Mark’s in Palo Alto. 

After a reading by the new Associate for Discipleship Ministries Caren Miles, Bishop Marc shared his thoughts to the gathered confirmands and their sponsors, families, and guests. In his homily, Bishop Marc tied confirmation to the season of graduation. Both confirmation and graduation from middle school, high school, or college represent the achievement of an important milestone and an important transition. “You made a choice to be confirmed, and we’re celebrating that.”

Yet Bishop Marc reminded the confirmands that this milestone was also due to support from their families, communities, and God. Confirmation begins with baptism, where one is welcomed into the church. This blessing, even for those who don’t remember their baptism as babies, matters and shapes lives. Baptism is then supported and nurtured by families and communities that vow to pray and support one in their walk of faith. 

Many years later this combination support, choice, and God’s grace led 140 people to Grace Cathedral. Information on upcoming confirmations in the Diocese of California can be found at http://diocal.org/discipleship/youth/confirmation.