Lifelong Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Confirmation

If you are 19-years or older and have celebrated the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist, you are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Archdiocese of Chicago, Office of Lifelong Formation, collaborates with parish pastors and catechetical leaders to offer Adult Confirmation preparation at various sites throughout the archdiocese. Adult Confirmation classes are offered in spring and fall. 

How will the Sacrament of Confirmation make a difference in my adult life?

Adult Confirmation allows you to further encounter Christ and become a witness of faith. Confirmation is a life changing event.

For by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence, they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
(LG 11; cf. Rite of Confirmation, Introduction 2).

Adults seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to:

  • Call your parish to introduce yourself and request a meeting to discuss preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Your pastor and catechetical leader will be of assistance. 
  • At the meeting, you will be informed of Adult Confirmation sessions offered at or near your parish.   
  • Share your faith and reasons for wanting to be confirmed.  
  • Bring pre-written questions with you.  

Click here to view a current list of this year’s Confirmation preparation parish sites. 

A few questions associated with Confirmation include…

  • “Why do I have to get confirmed if I'm already baptized?”   
  • “How do I choose a sponsor as I prepare for confirmation?” 
  • “Why do I have the option to choose a new name?”

View our Guidelines for the Conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation to answer these questions and many more. Additionally, we welcome you to look at Confirmation resources for an even bigger picture understanding of the impact Confirmation has on your life as a Catholic. 

Sacraments further develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and our Triune God—this is one of the best reasons for becoming fully initiated into our Catholic faith. The Sacrament of Confirmation bestows gifts that will guide and strengthen you throughout your entire life.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us about the spiritual sustenance you will receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

These are achieved through the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, detailed below. 

1830 (Link)

The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. 

1831 (Link)

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David.  They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them, and they make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. 

Let your good spirit lead me on a level path. 
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God... If children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ

1832 (Link)

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity.
Take a moment to watch and learn more about Confirmation. 

  • Sacraments 101 Confirmation (Why We're Confirmed) (Link)