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Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.
— Saint Ambrose, Doctor of the Church

Confirmation

“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation… 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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285) 

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, individuals are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit -- confirming and completing their Baptism -- and sent forth to show Christ's presence in the world.

Since 2004, it has been the policy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to confer the sacrament of Confirmation on students in the 11th grade, after the requisite preparation.


If you are an adult in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation, please click here for information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).