IN A solemn ceremony presided over by Rev. Monsignor Higinio Velarde, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jaro, 198 grade school and high school students of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS have officially confirmed their faith in the church.
The confirmation rite was held late morning of Saturday, February 18, at the Chusuey Gymnasium in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, in the presence of about 800 parents, godfathers, godmothers, relatives, teachers, administrators, and friends of the confirmands. There were 66 high school confirmands while there were 132 from the grade school.
Msgr. Velarde, a doctor of Canon Law, stressed to the confirmands, “this rite signifies the public affirmation of your covenant made in baptism and the confirmation of your faith; at the same time, the congregation prays that each confirmand will receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of his or her faith.”