On Sunday, April 15, Bishop Jane joined the congregation at St. John the Evangelist Cold Lake for a special Service of Confirmation. Bishop Jane had the pleasure to confirm Dorcas Alalade-Ayinla, who moved to Cold Lake earlier this year to be with her husband, Ayo. Ayo had previously moved to Canada from Nigeria, living in St. Paul for a short time before relocating to Cold Lake. Both are regular attenders at St. John’s, where Ayo is also the parish treasurer.
After the service, Ayo passed on a message from his father, the Very Rev. Akin Ayo Alalade-Ayinla, who is Provost of the Cathedral (similar to a Dean) in Ibadan South Diocese, Nigeria. “My dad was so excited when I told him the Bishop came all the way from Edmonton because of Dorcas' confirmation. He's really grateful and sends his regards.”
Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Donna Gauthier says, “It was a real blessing to have Bishop Jane to celebrate with us. People were just thrilled to see Dorcas’ commitment of faith. She and Ayo have really become part of our close-knit church family. It’s a wonderful celebration for our church and so refreshing to see their dedication to the Lord.”