Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Signed, Sealed (with the holy spirit), Delivered

on April 28, 2008

On Friday, the confirmation class I’ve been working with was confirmed! 31 beautiful teens stood in front of approx. 300 parents, siblings, relatives, friends, etc., and were sealed with the Holy Spirit by the Bishop. I felt like a mom to all of them and tears formed as each of them shook the Bishop’s hand. I got to organize them before the mass in another building and they were so scared and vulnerable and excited.

Back when we started in January, they were just a group of kids that came every Tuesday. Then we took them on confirmation retreat. You put 30 kids on a bus for three hours each way, they will bond. After that weekend, we’ve seen them all become friends and interact so much more. The papers they wrote throughout the semester brought laughter and tears. Some of them were the most touching, insightful papers. And some made me laugh harder than I can remember. We saw their eyes light up when they finally understood something and heard them talk about the challenges they face. We watched them pretend to be tough, and then get excited over the smallest things.

The communion of saints they picked is incredible. Saints Francis, Faustina, Maria Goretti, Ann, Michael, Valentine, John Bosco, Cecilia, Mark, Matthew, etc. Two of them did an amazing job as lector and four of our young ladies were EM’s for the first time after they were confirmed.

I’m so proud of every one of them. They continue to touch my life.


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