On Easter Sunday Bishop Morales confirmed seven adults and three teenagers at Epiphany Church in Peoria, IL.
“It felt like coming home and being welcomed warmly into the family,” said Seth Ben-Ezra, who began attending Epiphany with his wife and children in January. His wife, Crystal, and three of his children were also confirmed. “There’s been a weird feeling of arriving at a place that I’ve been journeying towards for a while,” Ben-Ezra added.
Music leader and pastor Chris Marchand led the confirmation classes. Marchand is the headmaster of Alethia Classical Christian School in Peoria and a candidate for ordination in the diocese. A gifted teacher, Marchand was thrilled to be able to put together and teach the class.
Marchand pulled Dr. Ben Sutton, himself confirmed on Easter, to teach a couple of expanded sections during class. Dr. Sutton recently earned aPhD in New Testament and Early Christianity, Ridley College, Melbourne (Australian College of Theology) before returning to his hometown.
Sutton felt his confirmation significant for the “emphasis on being part of the larger catholic church, and also being a part of the mission Epiphany is undertaking, which Bishop Morales emphasized.”