|Candidates celebrate their confirmation day in Varese|
Dedicated lay (and volunteer!) ministry such Angela's is a vital part of the life of our Diocese in Europe and bears much fruit. Evidence of this can be seen in celebrations such as was held on 6 October when several candidates for confirmation which Angela had prepared received that sacrament, joined by another parishioner who, having been already confirmed, was received into the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Angela is pictured below, vested with her blue Reader's scarf, as she oversees one of her parishioners renewing her baptismal promises just prior to receiving the Apostolic Rite of Confirmation.
Candidates for Confirmation from the parish of All Saints in Milan, together with their priest, the Revd John Payne, journeyed North to join the service in Varese. It was a festive celebration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to the candidates for their work as Christians in the world. The Revd Andrew Horlock, the priest-in-charge of St Edward the Confessor, Lugano, joined us for the celebration as well as the Revd Patrick Coleman, a former priest in Varese, now in Wales, who played the organ for the service.
St John the Baptist, Varese, has an attractive website here.