Change in the age of Confirmation

Bishop McKnight’s message Change in age of Confirmation

On Feb. 15, the Presbyteral Council formally proposed to me a plan of transition in which the sacrament of confirmation would eventually be celebrated in seventh grade.  I have accepted their recommendation.

Over a period of three years, we will transition to the new age for confirmation in the following way:

The current 2019/2020 confirmation cycle will NOT have any changes.  The preparation and celebration of confirmation will continue to take place as already planned in accordance with current practice (16 or 17 years of age).

For the 2020/2021 confirmation cycle, all high school students not already confirmed will be prepared and confirmed.

For the 2021/2022 confirmation cycle, all seventh, eighth and ninth grade students will be prepared and confirmed.

For the 2022/2023 Confirmation cycle and following, the age of confirmation will be seventh grade.

I believe this new policy and program will provide our young people with the assistance of sacramental graces at a more appropriate time in their life,  and it will assist families and parishes with greater supports needed to imbue our children with a vibrant, deep faith in Jesus and a deeper commitment to the Church. Please join me in your prayers and in support for this endeavor.


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