Through the sacrament of Confirmation, the church affirms the view that growth in the Spirit is a continuing, lifelong journey.

In the Rite of Confirmation, the bishop or priest prays that these seven special gifts will grow in the candidates:

  • wisdom
  • understanding
  • right judgment
  • courage
  • knowledge
  • reverence
  • wonder and awe in God’s presence

Who may be confirmed? In Roman Catholicism, Confirmation requires full intention and willingness. Besides being baptized and being of the age of discretion (grade 10), a person must be the following:

  • Willing to profess the Catholic faith
  • In a state of grace, that is, forgiven of any grave sins through Baptism or the sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Intending to receive the sacrament
  • Willing to take on the role of a disciple of Christ.

A prerequisite for Confirmation is completion of 9th grade and the first half of 10th grade Faith Formation.  Immediate Confirmation Prep begins in January of the 10th grade year and includes a mixture of in person sessions and a service retreat.

If your child attends a Catholic school, they should register in their home parish for immediate Confirmation preparation in grade 10. Attendance at sessions (beginning in January) and the retreat is required. For more information contact our Faith Formation Director at