Baby In Bangor Part Of Six Generations To Wear Baptism Gown

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 1 year ago

Being baptized is a rite of passage in catholic faith.For this family, it’s this newborn baby boy’s turn.”Our first born son, David Eric, was baptized,” said his mother, Erin Kane.”That’s you, yes. Baptized in a gown that was family heirloom of our family’s,” said Bill Kane, his dad.”The gown was made in 1866, and David is the 125th child to wear it,” said Erin.”The gown was made for my great great great grandmother by her aunt. We have a record of all the children that wore it, so all of her brothers and sisters wore it and then all of her children wore it. She had ten children, and I believe some of her nieces and nephews also wore it. And, then it just, the tradition kind of started from there,” said David’s gramndmother, Angela Nason.The delicate garment has traveled around the world.”It’s gone to Morocco, it’s gone to Japan, my aunt was born in Nicaragua, so it went down to Nicaragua,” said Angela Nason.Upholding this tradition is a family legacy they are proud to continue.”It’s really awesome. And, it’s very important to all of us. Not only with our faith, but, it helps, it helps hold our family together. It’s a great way to keep our genealogy, and the knowledge of our family alive. It’s really kind of awesome to have that record, you know, it’s kind of like almost a living record of the family,” said Angela Nason.It was an experience David’s godmother and aunt says she will never forget.”David smiling when the water was being poured over his head, that was a very special moment that I’m not going to get anywhere else, and I’m always going to keep close to my heart,” said Emily Nason.She can look back and see the gown she wore during her baptism, and now the gown that’s gone through six generations in her family.”It’s just amazing how quickly life goes by, but also at the same time, how something can last so long,” said Emily Nason.”To have him be a picture that’s in that photo album that dates back to 1866 is quite amazing,” said Bill Kane.”Having my son in it, is just, it’s really special,” said Erin Kane.


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