Bishop Joseph M. Gilmore : First Native Bishop of Helena
Bishop Gilmore confirmed much larger groups of confirmands. In 1954 at the Butte Civic Center, Bishop Gilmore and Bishop William Condon of Great Falls confirmed over 800 students from Butte's ten parishes, as well as parishes in Dillon, Laurin, Whitehall, and Boulder. Close to 200 adults were also confirmed. It was one of the largest confirmation ceremonies ever held in the Pacific Northwest.
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1954 Butte Confirmation1954 Butte Confirmation