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St. Joseph's parishioner initiated by Pope Benedict XVI at the 2009 Easter Vigil in Rome
Heidi Sierras of Ceres, California, was baptized by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on April 11, 2009.
The 29-year-old California woman represented the peoples of North America at Benedict’s Solemn Easter Mass in Rome. Adults wishing to become Catholic must attend weekly classes for one to two years, but Sierras has chosen to spend almost three years preparing for this papal baptism.
Married into a Catholic family yet unbaptized, Sierras attended Catholic Masses with her husband, Dan Sierras, for ten years. She began to prepare for Catholic baptism in August 2006 with the encouragement of her husband and mother-in-law.
Heidi was completing her preparation for baptism in March of 2008 when the papal honor, approved by the Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton, was granted by the Vatican.
The Vatican requires that nominees for papal baptism be fully prepared for initiation by their parishes, and then complete an additional year until the following Easter.
Sierras, her husband and their two older children, along with her church sponsors arrived in Rome just before Palm Sunday. During the week leading up to Easter, Heidi attended spiritual seminars provided by the Vatican and visited the major basilicas in the Eternal City.
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Word on Fire
Video teachings, sermons and blog posts from Fr. Robert Barron "the video blogging priest" and creator of the soon to be released Catholicsm Project video series.