I will give you a new heart and place a new Spirit within you…
The Sacrament of Confirmation is part of the initiation process into the Catholic Community. Through the Sacrament, you are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Although you may have been baptized Catholic years ago, Duke’s Confirmation Program provides the opportunity for you to complete your initiation by preparing for and celebrating fully the Sacrament of Confirmation. Anointed with oil and sealed with the Holy Spirit, you are strengthened to meet the challenges of the world and bring the love, hope and peace of Jesus Christ to those in need.
Confirmation is for you if …
– You have been baptized into the Catholic faith and have already received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (or First Communion).
– You desire to complete the initiation process into the Catholic community and to strengthen and deepen your faith.
– You seek to put faith into action by being a Christian witness to others.
The Duke Catholic Center Confirmation Program is available throughout the year. You will be paired with a catechist to meet one-on-one around your schedule. Confirmation is celebrated each spring at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. Contact Sister Marcia, our Director of Faith Formation, for more details.
Here are some student and community members’ reflections about the process…
When I walked onto campus for my freshman year, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, which I had avoided all throughout high school, was certainly not the first thing on my mind. At the O-week religious life fair, I surprised myself when I practically blurted out to one of the campus ministers that I hadn’t been confirmed yet. Going into my first meeting with my catechist, I had no idea what to expect and to be honest I was terrified. With an incredible amount of patience and compassion, my catechist began to walk with me in my preparation to receive the Sacrament. Through this time, I not only grew in my knowledge of the faith, but also in my love for the Lord, and for the first time, I truly wanted to be Catholic. Confirmation was indeed a way to claim my faith as my own, but more importantly it was an opportunity to grow in my relationship with God and to receive an outpouring of His grace. – Laura Naslund, Trinity ’19
I appreciated getting matched with catechist to develop my knowledge of the catholic faith one-on-one! I got confirmed at 24 years old, it’s never too late! – Community Member
I’d wanted to be confirmed for a long time, but the timing never felt right during high school. The Catholic Center matched me with a great catechist who was completely accepting of who and where I was as a Catholic. We looked at the faith in ways I’d never considered, and I learned great deal. I’m a happier person for having been confirmed—it’s the genuine Duke experience! – Timothy, Trinity ‘19