How to Choose a Confirmation Name
Choosing a confirmation name is an important step on the path to living a devoted, holy life in the Catholic Church. Your confirmation name, typically the name of a saint, will serve both as a reminder to your commitment to God and as your inspiration for being a steward of the church. There are many methods for choosing a saint’s name, such as picking based on shared traits and skills or finding your patron saint based on your birthday. The most important thing to keep in mind, however, is that you should think deeply and pray about your confirmation name. With guidance from your family, church community, and God, you will be able to choose one that suits you best and will inspire you for years to come.
Decide what traits are most applicable to who you are as a person. Specific virtues that your saint might exhibit include patience, perfection, humility, diligence, mortification, meekness, obedience, prayer, charity or simplicity. Consider which trait(s) correlate best with who you are.
Choose a similar saint if you are pious. Piety is learned most easily by talking about what it looks like. It is a virtue that contains elements of humility and religiosity
Saint Francis of Assisi was considered an incarnation of piety. His friendship with God was second nature. He listened to Scripture and to the Gospel, but was more of a man of action than he was of contemplation.
Some saints, like Saint Hippolytus, Saint Helen, and Saint Olga, did not become saints until later in their lives. They did misdeeds but ultimately became saints through repentance and martyrdom
Saint Teresa of Avila was known as an active reformer. She spent time and energy reforming herself and the Carmelites, leading them back to the full observation of primitive Rule.
Choose a saint based on bravery or courage. Having courage is how a lot of saints acquired their sainthood. If you are the kind of person that stands up for the little guy, choose someone brave to guide your spiritual journey.
Saint George is known for being the Saint of courage and bravery, particularly for his strength during battle.
Saint Joan of Arc is another saint known for courage and bravery.
Which Saint Should Be Your Patron Saint?
About This Quiz
Each of the Christian saints presides over a specialty. AIDS patients can look to Therese of Lisieux for help, Our Lady of Loreto protects aircrews, and even Saint Clare of Assisi looks after lace makers. So which saint should be your patron?