Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded.  It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  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."

Expert from Archdiocese of San Antonio Guidelines for Confirmation Para I.4.

In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the sacrament of Confirmation will be ordinarily imparted to adolescents during their high school years who have been suitably instructed, are properly disposed, and have previously received First Eucharist.9 Special emphasis must be given to the experience of encounter with God beyond catechesis, as the foundation that disposes the adolescent to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Some of the practices that could encourage the development of such an encounter are personal prayer, community prayer, and Eucharistic adoration; the same can be said about service opportunities through which the confirmandi can gain the opportunity to meet Christ in the most vulnerable amongst us.


Archdiocean Guidelines for Confirmation
Sacramental Guidelines for Confirmation (PDF)
Directrices para la Confirmación (PDF)

Adult Confirmation

Are you an adult seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Congratulations! Through this Sacrament your life in the Spirit will be strengthen and enriched! The Archdiocese provides several opportunities per year for adult Catholics (18+) to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Because this sacrament is so intimately united to the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, persons wishing to be confirmed must:

• Have been baptized

• Have already received their first Eucharist

• Have been through a process of preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation

Click "Adult Confirmation" tile above to learn more