Choosing a Confirmation Saint

As we go through our sacramental preparation for Confirmation, Confirmation saints are chosen to be a person we want to be like, as well as someone who can pray for us from heaven.

Through the process of canonization, when someone is declared by the Church to be a saint, the Church is proclaiming that this member of the faithful practiced heroic virtue during their life on earth, ‘the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors’ (CCC 828).

It is important to remember that as members of the Church, we are never alone, as St. Paul said, ‘We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1). These witnesses are the saints who continually intercede for us (CCC 956); in choosing a confirmation saint, we are choosing a special friend to intercede for us in heaven and after whom we can model our lives while here on earth.

John Nava, The Communion of Saints (detail) – St. Cecilia, Stephen, Casimir, Ignatius of Loyola, and Frances of Rome (www.johnnava.com)

John Nava, The Communion of Saints (detail) – St. Cecilia, Stephen, Casimir, Ignatius of Loyola, and Frances of Rome (www.johnnava.com)

John Nava, The Communion of Saints (detail) – Sts. Paul, Peter, Charles Lwanga, Maria Goretti, and Agatha (www.johnnava.com)

John Nava, The Communion of Saints (detail) – Sts. Paul, Peter, Charles Lwanga, Maria Goretti, and Agatha (www.johnnava.com)

Submitting your Chosen Saint

When discerning spend time discovering the different saint's lives and their patronage. While it's not just about their patronage, that should give you a starting point to learn more. After choosing, submit a 1-2 page paper about the saint and what about them you felt drawn to. 

You can submit the paper via e-mail or in-person to: Dan Konkel dkonkel@saintedward.org.