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Confirmation

Program Vision

Consistent with the vision of St. Ignatius Parish’s broader Faith Formation Program, the Confirmation Program is a process of personal and communal formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our program fulfills the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Boston, calling students to authentic discernment as they choose to be confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

This formational process is enlivened by the distinct Jesuit character of St. Ignatius Parish. We integrate consistent exposure to the Ignatian spiritual tradition, service and social justice experience, opportunities to grapple with the central beliefs of the Catholic faith, and community development with other candidates as they build the foundation for a mature and lifelong faith.

​Confirmation Age

Cardinal Seán recently approved a proposal that changes the ordinary age for Confirmation from 10th Grade to 8th Grade in the Archdiocese of Boston, to be implemented over the next 2–3 years.

At St. Ignatius, Candidates prepare for Confirmation over two years. Confirmation I introduces students to the foundational beliefs of the Catholic faith. Confirmation II builds upon those beliefs, encouraging students to claim the faith as their own in the tradition of Ignatian discernment.

In 2024–2025, Students entering 10th Grade in Fall 2024, who have already completed Confirmation I, will go through Confirmation II, as usual. Students entering 8th–9th Grade in Fall 2024 will begin Confirmation I.

Click here for a complete description of transition timeline.

 

If your child attends an independent Catholic school, please contact Paula Gomez at gomezvic@bc.edu or 617-552-6106 before registering for Confirmation.

We expect candidates for Confirmation to be registered St. Ignatius parishioners and active participants in our Sunday liturgies and parish life.

Confirmation I - Called to be Catholic

This first year of Confirmation prep introduces students to the foundational beliefs of the Catholic faith and lays a theological foundation for further formation. Confirmation I also invites students to join in active participation in our liturgies, establishing their relationship with St. Ignatius parish and with each other.

Confirmation II - Confirmed in the Spirit

The second year of formation continues the education of students who went through Confirmation I. Confirmation II provides further opportunities to join in our liturgies, volunteer around the parish, and go on retreat with their classmates—this year is the chance for young people to deepen their relationships with each other and with the entire parish community.

Schedule

There are two sections of Confirmation I and two sections of Confirmation II. Each section meets weekly on Sundays for one hour, either in the morning or in the afternoon.

Retreat Fee

We also charge a $140 retreat fee in addition to our class tuition.

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