By Rick Holmes
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (NEWS12/CNN) - A pair of New Jersey teenagers are still reeling from a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The two became one of the first Catholics confirmed by Pope Francis.
Anthony Merejo and Brigid Miniter are two Ridgewood teens, seemingly 'heaven sent' to Vatican City.
The Catholic Church was looking for two North American teens to take part in a worldwide confirmation ceremony, to be held at St. Peter's Basilica at the end of April.
"I actually jumped a foot physically in the air," said Brigid.
The Vatican called the Newark Archdiocese, who called Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Ridgewood. The church's youth minister then picked the winning names.
Reporter: "He drew the name out of a hat?"
Anthony: "Yes. A hard hat."
Reporter: "You hit the jackpot."
Anthony: "More than the jackpot. This is great!"
Anthony had chosen the confirmation Ignacious, the saint that started the group called the Jesuits, of whom Pope Francis is a part.
Brigid chose the confirmation name Francis. That was before Pope Francis was named Pope. Random luck? Or divine intervention?
"I got to get a kiss. I got a great kiss from the Pope on my cheek," said Anthony.
And Brigid got the same treatment.
"I still can't believe it. And I don't think I will for quite some time," said
A papal audience, captured in time for two Jersey teens who are truly blessed.